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Aspern Papers (The)

UK | Germany, English, 90 mins

  • Director: Julien Landais
  • Writer: Jean Pavans; Julien Landais; Hannah Bhuiya; Henry James
  • Producer: Gabriela Bacher

CGiii Comment

It's difficult to watch a film so full of potential, quite literally, fall apart right before your very eyes...especially when there are such grand names attached: Vanessa Redgrave & James Ivory as Executive Producer.

The fault lies squarely at the feet of Julien Landais...he and his co-writers have managed to mangle and mutilate the fine work of Henry James...beyond recognition...with soft-porn flashbacks and silly [totally unnecessary] dream sequences.

Moreover...his direction is unbearably painful to witness...with obvious and dubious 'nods' to some of the great visionary directors of yesteryear...he presents himself as a 'director' with neither authentic vision nor deft voice.

It gets a whole lot worse...when Jonathan Rhys Meyers makes his [too] numerous appearances...either Mr Meyers has forgotten the art of acting and/or [also being an executive producer] Mr Landais was terrified of actually directing him and/or he [Mr Landais] is - simply - incapable of directing his actors-cum-executive-producers. It really is excruciating [and terrifying] to watch!

This is Mr Landais' debut feature [and, quite possibly his last]...but, in his favour and to the absolute detriment of the film...he had to work with over 20 producers! Talk about too many cooks...with the head chef being an absolute novice and being screamed at from all angles...this was a broth/project that was doomed from the off. Yes, Mr Landais is partly responsible for this debacle...but, with this amount of producers, The Aspern Papers could have been nothing but a debacle! And, a duff debacle it became!


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

A young writer tries to obtain romance letters a poet sent to his mistress.

Cast & Characters

Vanessa Redgrave as Juliana Bordereau;
Joely Richardson as Miss Tina;
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Morton Vint;
Morgane Polanski as Valentina;
Alessandro Bressanello as Taylor;
Poppy Delevingne as Signora Colonna;
Jon Kortajarena as Jeffrey Aspern;
Lois Robbins as Mrs Prest;
Barbara Meier as Emily;
Nicolas Hau as The Romantic Poet;
Alice Aufray as Young Juliana

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Comments (1)

  • David Milroy

    David Milroy

    10 July 2019 at 20:49 |
    I watched this film and was shocked by how awful Meyers was, after loving him in Henry VIII and Velvet .. Such a great story and beautiful filming and great actresses...IT was painful to watch all of this be wasted. I guessed that Meyer's being a producer was the reason he was cast and not well directed. Is the Gay theme original to the book..it works well...but in The Lost Hour the secret is that she killed the poet. What a tragic waste of talent, time and money!

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