The Libertine

The Libertine

DVD - 2006
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John Wilmot, a 17 century poet is the Earl of Rochester and from the beginning he treats his wife cruelly, drinks to relentless excess, abuses his friendship and generally wallows in dissipation, much to the dismay of King Charles II. The king hopes that Rochester will write a play glorifying his reign. But Rochester finds his true inspiration when he sees a young actress named Lizzie Barry. Rochester sets out to make her the greatest actress of their time--and she, with some reluctance, submits to his teaching.
Publisher: Montreal, Quebec : Alliance Atlantis : Distributed exclusively in Canada by Motion Picture Distribution, 2006, c2005
Edition: Widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (114 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 07, 2019

Who said Johnny can't act besides in comedies? Opening on screen text: In 1660, following years of repressive Puritan rule, Charels II is restored to the English throne amid general rejoicing. Under the new King's guidance, theatre, the visual arts, science and sexual intercourse flourish. Along with war, natural disasters, political conflict, economic headaches and binge drinking. By 1675 the hangovers kick in. A desperate Charles turns to one particular friend... John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, a notorious rake and libertine poet.

Wikipedia: A libertine is one devoid of most moral principles, a sense of responsibility, or sexual restraints, which are seen as unnecessary or undesirable, especially one who ignores or even spurns accepted morals and forms of behaviour sanctified by the larger society. Libertinism is described as an extreme form of hedonism.

Jun 10, 2019

This is a very amusing comments section. "The Libertine" is based on the life of the notorious poet (and drunken womanizer) John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. He wrote some very filthy poems and died of a VD in his 30s. Somehow the movie, much like the Oscar Wilde biopic years ago, manages to make a fascinating, scandalous life pretty dull. Johnny Depp is off putting in the lead and the fine supporting cast (Samantha Morton, Rosamund Pike, John Malkovich as Charles II) is underused. And despite some of the hand wringing in the comments, the movie is not all that explicit and certainly not "pornographic." What the movie does get right is that everything in the 17th century is very dirty, bleak, and dark. Adapted from a play. For more historical naughtiness check out "Quills" (the Marquis de Sade), "Dangerous Liaisons," "Casanova," and "The Favourite."

Nicr Aug 12, 2018


Jul 10, 2016

Who comes up with this stuff? Wow, just wow. The review on the cover states, it's a 'tour de force.' Rarely, in my experience, does a statement like that deliver and I prepare myself to be underwhelmed, usually by substantive margins. And then I take note of which film critic made that statement and what publication they represent, but this film delivers on so many levels -- the screenplay, music, storytelling portrayals. It's at once visually sumptuous and art -- poetry -- in motion. And, yeah, on the whole, I do generally agree with what Rolling Stone claims.

As one poster points out, this film is not for the faint of heart. There are lines that are easy to miss, even in the most vulgar statements, because of the sometimes rapid pace of the film as this film demands your undivided attention.

[Lizzie]: 'You can buy a slit for a pound a night, sir.'

There is actually a double meaning in this line that exponentially intensifies its cold vulgarity. And the dialogue, and everything else, builds from there.

[John]: I do not mean to upset people, Alcock, but I have to speak my mind, because what is in my mind is always more interesting than what is happening in the world outside my mind.

[Alcock]: It makes you impossible to live with, though. Do you see?

[J]: Did I once praise you for your blunt manner?

[A]: It was your reason for employing me.

And this conversation between Lizzie and John:

[Lizzie]: You see, that is where there is still imbalance between us, because you demand so much of me and so little of yourself. You took my small gift and polished it until it shone. Yet your own great gifts, you just throw away...

[John]: And wit was his vain, frivolous pretense of pleasing others, at his own expense.

Terrific stuff. Bravo.

Jun 02, 2016

Cue the purity police.

DebAK Mar 07, 2015

Watching a few minutes of this movie, and one can recognize it as pornography. No need to watch it, er, several times, to recognize it for what it is, because a few minutes of this movie make it very clear. A child understands the warmth of fire can also cause harm and burn: there is no need to touch it in order to understand its true nature...

xkitone Feb 22, 2015

I have a great quote from a movie. I think it was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". A teacher was scandalized at a student for bringing a porn video to school. When turning the student in to the principal for this he stated "I know it's pornography, I watched it several times to be certain."

hania4987 Jul 17, 2013

"You will not like me." This opening statement sets the tone for the entire story. Johnny Depp gives a haunting performance as the leader of the dissipated London society, who was simultaneously admired and reviled. Even though the movie takes place during the reign of Charles Stuart, it is easily related to today's obsession with celebrity news and headlines. It is filmed to look like an old movie and is in the storytelling genre of Dangerous Liaisons.

emerald2pac Jun 30, 2013

Johnny Depp is a great actor and his character was interesting in this. This movie just lacked something it was weird , confusing and hard to follow at times. Not to mention long seemed somewhat drawn out. Side note not for the easily offended. I would also like to point out this film did not have that many sex scenes , though I will agree it was explicit at times. I am not complaining about it at all my problem was the whole movie itself.

euclid13 Dec 20, 2012

it is amazing that some people who "just hate porn" are always watching it & then complain how terrible it is. i think they just plain like it. then to feel justified for watching it they complain about it with righteous wrath. what fakes. Read what the movie is about. If you don't like it don't watch it. It looks like the same people read all the "dirty books" and watch all the "dirty movies" and then complain about them. I think they like it. Then to help their guilt they want to tell everyone how "bad" it was. By the way, only an idiot would, with no data, assume that i did not watch the movie.--and here we have another case of Harpies attacking in pairs. Again, parroting back what was said because they are too dense to think of something on their own.

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Dec 08, 2019

58 quotes in IMDb, thanks to its contributors. Many favorites as this one:

Rochester (Johnny Depp as John Wilmot, the libertine): I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me here in the theatre.

Elizabeth Barry: You are spoken of as a man with a stomach for life.

Rochester: I am the cynic of our golden age. This bounteous dish, which our great Charles and our great God have more or less in equal measure placed before us, sets my teeth permanently on edge. Life has no purpose. It is everywhere undone by arbitrariness. I do this and it matters not a jot if I do the opposite. But in the playhouse every action, good or bad, has it's consequences. Drop a handkerchief and it will return to smother you. The theatre is my drug. And my illness is so far advanced that my physic must be of the highest quality.

Jul 12, 2016

[John]: You must acquire the trick of those who do not like you. In my experience, those who do not like you fall into 2 categories: The stupid and the envious. The stupid will like you in 5 years time. The envious, never. With my training, you will become the best, the most fascinating actress on the London stage.

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

Harris, commenting on the script: And w-will the kind of equipment that that young lady has in her hand
[a large wooden dildo]...

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

"[...] the men doing obedience to the women's cunts, kissing and touching them often, the women in like manner to the men's pricks, kissing and dandling their cods and then fall to fucking, [...]."

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

The entire piece has been devised with the French in mind. In France, fornication in the streets with total strangers is compulsory.

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Mee2 Jun 02, 2012

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EuSei Apr 25, 2012

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EuSei Apr 25, 2012

Sexual Content: Pornography

EuSei Apr 25, 2012

Coarse Language: VERY coarse language


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