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THE LIBERTINE - 2006

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"THE LIBERTINE" - JOHNNY DEPP HAS HIS WAY WITH US

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THE LIBERTINE
Directed by: Laurence Dunmore
Written by: Stephen Jeffreys

THE LIBERTINE: JOHNNY DEPP HAS HIS WAY WITH US


We’ve always sensed the insatiable palate of the hedonist behind the dark eyes and sharp bones of Johnny Depp, which is why moviegoers are so thoroughly seduced by his Captain Jack Sparrow in the 2003 blockbuster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and his doomed but sexy coke dealer George Jung in BLOW (2001). There is something wild about Johnny that does more than appeal and goes on to absolutely thrill us.

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Always there is a glimpse of an intellectual hunger bold enough to match the spirits of the flesh that surely drive such a man, which is to say that in donning the flounced blouses and frozzy wigs of John Wilmont the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century celeb known for his great wit and ribald poetry, Depp is more himself than himself. His scandalously forthright and uninhibited Wilmont fully consummates what audiences have always wanted of him. And, as he boasts in a direct address to the camera in THE LIBERTINE, his latest tour de force based on the stageplay by Stephen Jeffreys, he’s up for it. “All the time.”

Passion was Wilmont’s milk and meat, the sort of passion that would lead a man to abduct a moneyed bride not quite of age then desert her for the gritty allure of a 17th century London whose dank streets and bawdy streetwalkers bring to mind pornographic renderings of Milton’s Paradise Lost.

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Director Laurence Dunmore shoots the period without the rose-colored romance of Merchant & Ivory productions. Dunmore and Depp are up close. Both camera and actor do not shy away from the mud and the muck of a city newly resurrected out of the tumult of war, the dissolution of Parliament, and the exile, and eventual return of its monarchy.

This is the age of the Restoration, a heady, baudelarian awakening in the arts, sciences, and religion which began with the return of Charles II whose father, Charles I, was overthrown and executed and whose own ascendance to the throne was beset by debauchery and intrique. Think of Depp’s John Wilmont, the Earl of Rochester, as the campaign model of that era. As Malkovich, a royal in his own right playing King Charles II proclaims with an exhausted admiration, hoping to pull Wilmont out of his neverending pursuit of brothels and drink, “Elizabeth had her Shakespeare.”

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Charles II had his Earl of Rochester. It was a patronage rife with resentment and flagrant disregard. History records Charles II having banished the Earl a number of times along with having him locked in the Tower of London. Malkovich and Depp play it well. So much so that we find as much scintillation and deep-rooted pleasure in their scenes together as we do in Rochester’s secret assignations.

The true libertine valued Reason as well as Passion, and Depp’s John Wilmont gets as much out of infuriating Charles II and bandying clever insults with his gang of fellow playwrights and poets, George Etherege (Tom Hollander) and Billy Downs (Rupert Friend), actual historic figures, as he does seducing his long-suffering wife, the luminous Rosamund Pike (PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE, DIE ANOTHER DAY), tupping barmaids, and finally and fatally falling in love.

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The Earl of Rochester was nothing if he was not haunted. There is just as much pain as there is passion in his exploits. Yet like Malkovich’s Charles II, we hang on to the Earl’s every word, every gesture, with the naivety and hope one feels even when we know we are in the presence of doom and genius. THE LIBERTINE is sumptuous in its treatment of plot and language. The pleasure I found in Depp’s handling of the Queen’s English is just this side of sinful.

Those of us who were charmed by the angelic aura of Samantha Morton as the Precog in MINORITY REPORT and the mute Hattie to Sean Penn’s Emmet Ray in SWEET & LOWDOWN, will find that as London stage actress Elizabeth Barry, she is just as much devil as Depp. Indeed, on screen just as it was in the real life romance between Barry and Wilmont, the bawdy Earl of Rochester meets his match.

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