Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

DVD - 2017
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An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of seventeenth century Amsterdam.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2017]
ISBN: 9786316840882
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby digital
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Tulip fever (Motion picture)


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Dec 09, 2018

I tried to like this movie. Lovely costumes and all but geez the plot was ridiculous! Can't believe Dame Judy did this piece.

Oct 29, 2018

I agree with "King of the Squirrels", i.e., great sets and costumes, but little else. Disappointing.

Sep 20, 2018

This dramatic indie film is set in the seventeenth century, and about a married woman who falls in love with an artist, and decides to switch identities with her maid so that she can run away and be with her one true love. The storyline of this movie is already strange from the get go, but what adds to the bizarreness is the choice in casting. The movie stars Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, and Christoph Waltz. In this film, none of the actors shinned and the performances became very dull very quickly. The movie wasn’t just bad, but pointless. I would rate this film 2/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

I waited nearly a year to see this movie. What an utter waste of time. Great sets and costumes but lousy, pedestrian story and flavourless direction. Somewhere in there is a minor subplot about tulip mania.

Absolutely loved it. A great story (I never read the original), brought to the silver screen. Great costumes and stage settings and actors.

Aug 13, 2018

There are three love stories contained within the tale. I enjoyed it more than I thought, in part because of nuanced characters: the villain (who essentially purchases his orphan wife as a child-bearer) is not quite as venal as he's made out to be, the wife not as pure, the maid not as stupid, and the artist not as lost. The ambiguous ending reminded me of "Outta Sight", where a woman (in this case, Judi Dench playing a marvellously worldly Abbess) brokers a possible reunification for a now-wiser couple. What's also interesting is the depiction of the great Dutch tulip bubble and the ensuing financial crash, and the contrast of the gloomy, Calvinist religion that ruled that time period versus the rich opulence of the Dutch trading merchants.

Jul 27, 2018

I quite enjoyed this, well acted beautifully shot. It reminded me of a Shakespearean Tale.

Jul 26, 2018

"Overall, I wanted to like it more than I did. I think it looks beautiful and it starts off with an interesting plot. I think the characters started off interesting because the story it was selling was interesting. The acting is good, all of the actors do their parts well and I think Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander have pretty good chemistry together which makes their romance cute. I think the side characters are more interesting in what’s going on with them, they seem to have a bit more of a focused plot compared to the main characters..."

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somanybooksHPL Jul 05, 2018

A spin on Romeo and Juliet. A good rainy day movie.

May 27, 2018

A very odd period drama set in 17th century Holland during the tulip economic bubble and buying frenzy. The story revolves around a rich trader's young wife and her affair with a poor painter hired to make the couple's portrait. The story is sometimes an overheated romantic potboiler,weirdly goofy comedy and economic history lesson. There is absolutely zero plausiblilty to events in the second half of the movie but it is never boring and oddly compelling. Surprisingly much better than all the bad reviews would have you believe. Very good production detail brings the lively venue of the free trading capital of the world at the time alive. Nice to see Christoph Waltz in a sympathic and comedic role for a change.

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Feb 19, 2018

Opening narrative:
Before you were born, Amsterdam was captivated by a flower. The tulip.
They came from far away, in the East, and were so rare and beautiful, for people lost their senses in wanting to own them. Rich and poor were spending and borrowing money to join the trade in bulbs, which were going up in price ail the time. None more so than the rare striped tulips that were called breakers. A new breaker came from nowhere, like an act of God, and it changed people's lives. A white flower with a God-given crimson stripe turned our lives upside down, mine and my mistress Sophia's.
If the market keeps going up, why is anybody selling anything if it's going to double in a month? Then we can get in early on a bulb that might triple in a month!
-But it can't go on forever, can it?
Oh, it can! Why not? Why can't it? Mr. De Bye!
-I call it the theory of the greater fool.

Feb 19, 2018

Our Dutch republic is the richest nation on Earth. Supply and demand, that's how it goes...
- Peppercorns or portraits, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, Chinese porcelain,
and all more reliable than tulip bulbs. But, of course, my best investment was my Sophia here.
"Vanity, vanity, all is vanity."
-But where would portrait painters be without a little bit of vanity?
For all flesh is grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass...

Feb 19, 2018

That's the color of blue the Italian masters used for the mother of Jesus. Do you know why they dressed the Virgin in blue?
-Because it's the color of purity.
Because it's the color which cost the most. Oltremarino. Blue from over the sea. From a blue stone mined in one place only and far away.
I don't like him.
-You're a whirligig of reasons.
He's impudent.
-Well, he's an artist. But, look, I can pay him off, we get another. There's no lack of artists in Amsterdam.

Feb 19, 2018

What is this place?
- A convent.
We're stealing from nuns?
-They don't belong to the nuns. They belong to... the pope.
Oh, I don't mind stealing from the pope.
He has found you, Sophia. As for Cornelis... With an older man like Cornelis, a likeness might be too much of a good thing. Too much of "winter and spring" about it.
We take them in off the streets, feed them, school them, and send them out to fend for themselves as kitchen maids, scullery maids... They find husbands, or worse, or remain here as novices.

Feb 19, 2018

But while the blooms had faded, the paintings remained.
-You have brought her to life.
Only to torment me the more by knowing she's dead.
-You know that, Mr. Van Loos?
Yes. She drowned herself.
-We cannot say we know more than we can know. Leave the rest to God. He doesn't like mopers.
So Sophia realized there was no going back, and no way forward. She saw too late it was a trap she had laid for herself, and she had been better dead.
She was driven by madness. We all were.
The Admiral Maria is not a snapdragon. It's a 2,000 florin tulip bulb. (per wiki: 'Admiral Verijck' or 'van der Eijck', an extinct Dutch broken tulip from 1637.)


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Feb 16, 2018

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Aug 13, 2018

Sexual Content: Before the days when rape is recognized in marriage, so the wife endures her husband's unwanted attention. Some nudity.


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