The White Countess
First screened in January 2006
Director: James Ivory. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Madeleine Potter, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, John Wood, Allan Corduner, Lee Pace. Screenplay: Kazuo Ishiguro.

Twitter Capsule: Merchant Ivory didn't go out repeating oldies, but the magic didn't come back, either. Intriguing but stilted.

VOR:   A slight departure for its makers, but that doesn't make it a departure in any other way. Skimmable footnote to great careers—the actors' and Ishiguro's, too.

Photo © 2005 Sony Pictures Classics/Merchant Ivory Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

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