Angels and insects

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A 19th-century British naturalist falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a wealthy aristocrat, but he soon discovers that her family's perfect facade disguises unexpectedly grim secrets. Director and co-screenwriter Philip Haas's adaptation of A.S. Byatt's Morpho Eugenio eschews the usual gentility of Victorian period pieces in favor of subtle creepiness. The unsettling mood is emphasized by the film's detailed attention to its protagonist's scientific endeavors, which center on the study of insects and their behavior. In fact, it is his love of insects that brings William (Mark Rylance) to the well-heeled Reverend Alabaster (Jeremy Kemp), who takes a personal interest in William's welfare when a shipwreck leaves William practically penniless. William is welcomed into the Alabaster home, and he resumes his entomological studies while courting the reverend's daughter, Eugenia (Patsy Kensit). Close-up glimpses of insect society parallel this aristocratic world and hint at the dark secrets with which William soon becomes unexpectedly familiar. As in Haas's previous film, The Music of Chance, an unusual, highly symbolic filmmaking approach creates an effective drama, with the potentially detached intellectualism balanced by unusual characterizations and an absorbing attention to detail. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID75c562c5-f2bc-f735-cf9b-388dd0cd5886
Grouping Titleangels and insects
Grouping Authorplayhouse international pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-07-31 01:05:01AM
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auth_author2Byatt, A. S. 1936-
Haas, Belinda,
Haas, Philip, 1954-
Henshall, Douglas, 1965-
Herlihy, Joyce,
Kemp, Jeremy, 1934-
Kensit, Patsy,
Rylance, Mark,
Scott-Thomas, Kristin, 1960-
author2-roleByatt, A. S.1936-Morpho Eugenia.
Haas, Belinda,screenwriter,production personnel.
Haas, Philip,1954-director,screenwriter.
Henshall, Douglas,1965-actor.
Herlihy, Joyce,production personnel.
Kemp, Jeremy,1934-actor.
Kensit, Patsy,actor.
Playhouse International Pictures.
Rylance, Mark,actor.
Samuel Goldwyn Co.
Scott-Thomas, Kristin,1960-actor.
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display_descriptionBarely surviving an expedition to the Amazon, working class biologist William Adamson returns home, where he is forced to accept the charity of an affluent, upper-class family. Falling deeply in love with his benefactor's captivating daughter, he sees his fondest wish come true when she agrees to become his wife. Unwittingly attracting the affections of a bright household servant, William tries to continue his scientific studies. But all of William's logic and learning can't prepare him for the discovery he is about to make about his new relations. A discovery that will peel back the facade of wealth and privilege to reveal a breeding ground of erotic decadence and illicit passion beyond any husband's darkest fears.
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seriesAvant-garde cinema
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Entomologists -- Drama
Erotic films
Feature films
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
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title_displayAngels and insects
title_fullAngels and insects [videorecording] / Playhouse International Pictures presents in association with the Samuel Goldwyn Company ; a film by Philip Haas ; screenplay by Belinda Haas and Philip Haas ; producers, Joyce Herlihy and Belinda Haas ; director, Philip Haas
title_shortAngels and insects
Man-woman relationships
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