Tulip Fever preview
Our next film, Tulip Fever, is a handsomely mounted period piece in the vein of other romantic dramas such as Pride & Prejudice or The Remains of the Day. Set in 1634 Amsterdam and based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach who also wrote The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, tells the tales of the multiple romances and scheming inside the house of the wealthy patron and noble Cornelius Sandvoort, played by Christoph Waltz. In his desire to have a family heir, Cornelius liberates the orphan Sophia (Alicia Vikander) and brings her into his house for that purpose. Trapped in a loveless relationship, unable to produce a son, and fearful of being turned out onto the street, Sophia manages to convince Cornelius to have her portrait painted. As the artist and subject spend more and more time together, their feelings grow and they begin an affair; and in order to escape on their own, they bargain for as much money as they can gather at the tulip markets in order to realize their life together.
Densely plotted by Shakespeare in Love writer Tom Stoppard, the film also boasts an amazing cast with Oscar winners Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) in addition to performances by fierce young upcomers Dane DeHann (Chronicle/Amazing Spider-man 2) and Jack O’Connell (’71). Filled with lush visual splendors of bustling outdoor marketplaces, astounding sets and costumes, and command performances, the atmosphere of 17th century Amsterdam is brought to life in this film from director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl).
A must see for all period drama lovers!
~ Jason Hlady, Volunteer, RMM