Nicole Kidman in The Portrait of a Lady © Polygram Filmed Entertainment (1996)
Nicole Kidman in The Portrait of a Lady © Polygram Filmed Entertainment (1996)
The Portrait of a Lady © Polygram Filmed Entertainment (1996)

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The Portrait of a Lady

Jane Campion | UK, USA | 1996 | PG

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Nicole Kidman leads a star-studded cast in Jane Campion’s lavish period drama, adapted from Henry James’ classic tale and told through a searing contemporary lens.

From its opening montage featuring images of contemporary womanhood, Campion’s follow-up to The Piano similarly defies expectations of the ‘period drama’, turning the heroine of Henry James’ 1881 novel into a classic Campion subject. Kidman plays Isabel Archer, a naive heiress who falls for the dashing Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich) only to find herself trapped in a loveless marriage and subject to the manipulations of Madame Serena Merle (an Oscar-nominated Barbara Hershey).

With sumptuous cinematography and an extraordinary cast (Richard E. Grant, Mary-Louise Parker, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, Shelley Winters and Shelley Duvall), this epic boldly defies genre conventions.

With startling intuitiveness, Ms Campion traces the tension between polite, guarded characters and blunt visual symbols of their inner turmoil.

Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Courtesy: Park Circus
Runtime: 144 mins

Event duration

144 mins



Contains mature themes.


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