The Portrait of a Lady

  • Dir: Jane Campion

  • UK/USA, 1996, English, 144min, 35mm

  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey

One of the most loved and tragic characters, Isabel Archer is painted from a different lush palette in Campion’s portrait that Henry James’ admirers must see. Turning down the proposal of a “too right” man, Isabel embarks on a grand tour in Europe, only to place herself in a cage through marriage to a manipulative, spirit-sapping artist. Nicole Kidman shines as the young American, who is too much inspired by idealism to see the camouflage of John Malkovich, her seducer. A feminist response to Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence (1993), there is no denying the intelligence and beauty in Campion’s dark and mysterious interpretation.

1997 USA National Society of Film Critics Awards, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress



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