Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever

DVD - 2017
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An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of seventeenth century Amsterdam.

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somanybooksHPL Jul 05, 2018

A spin on Romeo and Juliet. A good rainy day movie.

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rugolin
May 27, 2018

A very odd period drama set in 17th century Holland during the tulip economic bubble and buying frenzy. The story revolves around a rich trader's young wife and her affair with a poor painter hired to make the couple's portrait. The story is sometimes an overheated romantic potboiler,weirdly goofy comedy and economic history lesson. There is absolutely zero plausiblilty to events in the second half of the movie but it is never boring and oddly compelling. Surprisingly much better than all the bad reviews would have you believe. Very good production detail brings the lively venue of the free trading capital of the world at the time alive. Nice to see Christoph Waltz in a sympathic and comedic role for a change.

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singidunum_25
May 22, 2018

Nice period drama with very interesting, Shakespearean type of story telling.

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readyrisa
May 09, 2018

Fascinating!

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tomdance
Mar 13, 2018

While chaotic and disorganized, the film is worth watching for the beguiling performance of Alicia Vikander, elaborate period Dutch sets and costumes, and the interesting plot, which all survive the muddled direction. The Tulip bubble resonates in analogy with the hope, passion, love, deception and forgiveness of the characters.

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LawyerLady
Mar 08, 2018

Had a slow start, but an interesting, although somewhat fantastical, ending. It was nice to see Waltz playing a "not-so-bad" guy for once, as he usually plays such hated roles. Alicia was great as always.... she has a subtle nature to her talent that you almost forget this is a person acting, she brings such realness to all of her characters. I would recommend this film!

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ChiWanLee
Feb 26, 2018

I watched this movie cuz A b=huge fan of Alicia Vikander! other than that, it is just a romance story, but to be honest its was a taste of talents

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reverendmike
Feb 21, 2018

What a terrible waste of talent. Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz were very good, as expected. Too many plot weaknesses, a few unpleasant characters, underpolished or overpolished dialogue (I never decided which), et cetera. Lots of pretty pieces melted together into a lump of "no thanks".

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jimg2000
Feb 19, 2018

An epic period film based on the screen writer’s 1999 book with the same title: “tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever.” A good "vice filled" watch for fans of Vikander, DeHaan, Judi Dench, Waltz etc. playing out those elements AND more in 1h 45min. Don't blame the actors, including Vikander who won the Best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl (2015).

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bobbles1
Feb 13, 2018

Too much sex, too many bad people, bad acting, not enough plot.....terrible movie....stopped watching after a few minutes....

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jimg2000
Feb 19, 2018

Opening narrative:
Before you were born, Amsterdam was captivated by a flower. The tulip.
They came from far away, in the East, and were so rare and beautiful, for people lost their senses in wanting to own them. Rich and poor were spending and borrowing money to join the trade in bulbs, which were going up in price ail the time. None more so than the rare striped tulips that were called breakers. A new breaker came from nowhere, like an act of God, and it changed people's lives. A white flower with a God-given crimson stripe turned our lives upside down, mine and my mistress Sophia's.
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If the market keeps going up, why is anybody selling anything if it's going to double in a month? Then we can get in early on a bulb that might triple in a month!
-But it can't go on forever, can it?
Oh, it can! Why not? Why can't it? Mr. De Bye!
-I call it the theory of the greater fool.

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jimg2000
Feb 19, 2018

Our Dutch republic is the richest nation on Earth. Supply and demand, that's how it goes...
- Peppercorns or portraits, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, Chinese porcelain,
and all more reliable than tulip bulbs. But, of course, my best investment was my Sophia here.
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"Vanity, vanity, all is vanity."
-But where would portrait painters be without a little bit of vanity?
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For all flesh is grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass...

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jimg2000
Feb 19, 2018

That's the color of blue the Italian masters used for the mother of Jesus. Do you know why they dressed the Virgin in blue?
-Because it's the color of purity.
Because it's the color which cost the most. Oltremarino. Blue from over the sea. From a blue stone mined in one place only and far away.
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I don't like him.
-You're a whirligig of reasons.
He's impudent.
-Well, he's an artist. But, look, I can pay him off, we get another. There's no lack of artists in Amsterdam.

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jimg2000
Feb 19, 2018

What is this place?
- A convent.
We're stealing from nuns?
-They don't belong to the nuns. They belong to... the pope.
Oh, I don't mind stealing from the pope.
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He has found you, Sophia. As for Cornelis... With an older man like Cornelis, a likeness might be too much of a good thing. Too much of "winter and spring" about it.
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We take them in off the streets, feed them, school them, and send them out to fend for themselves as kitchen maids, scullery maids... They find husbands, or worse, or remain here as novices.

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jimg2000
Feb 19, 2018

But while the blooms had faded, the paintings remained.
-You have brought her to life.
Only to torment me the more by knowing she's dead.
-You know that, Mr. Van Loos?
Yes. She drowned herself.
-We cannot say we know more than we can know. Leave the rest to God. He doesn't like mopers.
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So Sophia realized there was no going back, and no way forward. She saw too late it was a trap she had laid for herself, and she had been better dead.
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She was driven by madness. We all were.
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The Admiral Maria is not a snapdragon. It's a 2,000 florin tulip bulb. (per wiki: 'Admiral Verijck' or 'van der Eijck', an extinct Dutch broken tulip from 1637.)

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Feb 16, 2018

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