Why are the Venus In Fur film actors so old?

Bettyboy72
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Does the play specify younger actors? The two cast in the French film version look like Kim Cattral and a very mature male. It's not very sexy. Will there be a US film version with Nina? I hope so.

Im not trying to sound ageist, but part of the erotic element was the youthfulness of Nina and Hugh. A menopausal Vanda doesn't do it for me.
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oncemorewithfeeling2
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The casting notices for the play were pretty specific about the roles geared towards 20 and 30 something actors. From what I've seen about casting for Polanski's film version, it seems that he took his own route and went with what he wanted.

I loved the play and the way Nina and Hugh brought them to life. But like it's been said, I see Vanda's youth as being part of her appeal and what makes her character so vibrant.
henrikegerman
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I don't agree that it couldn't work, or that it would radically be changed by having these characters played by older actors. In fact I can actually see it being quit rich that among the things that shocksthe director about Vanda is that he wanted a younger actress, someone he could control, and he surprisingly finds himself being seduced and controlled by a woman much older than he would have seriously considered.

btw I say this as someone who loves the play, the Broadway production and was enthralled by Arianda's performance.



Updated On: 9/25/13 at 11:03 PM
somethingwicked
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The actress who plays Vanda in the film, Emmanuelle Seigner, is Roman Polanski's wife. He pursued the project so he could make it as a vehicle for her.

That should tell you all you need to know. There's nothing "conceptual" about it.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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What somethingwicked said. Seigner is married to Polanski, and that's just about the only reason the film exists. A shame since the reviews were not that good, though they mainly faulted Polanski. I wish Arianda's performance had been immortalized on screen, oh well.
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suestorm
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It is a shqme Nina isnt doing this. Almost criminial.
Its wierd beyond belief that Polanski picked an older woman for Vanda since we know he prefers them younger. Much too young.
Though I wilk say she is quite beautiful.
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henrikegerman
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I agree that Polanski's casting of Seigner may be suspect. I was responding, however, to the argument that Vanda and Thomas being older presents a problem. I disagree and see that the concept could work. My point wasn't that Polanski's casting was nec. concept-driven - I can't speak to that as I haven't seen the movie.

Updated On: 9/25/13 at 09:53 AM
g.d.e.l.g.i.
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^ Although he's grateful for the idea. Now he can justify his nepotism.
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henrikegerman
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I'm always willing to be an after the fact dramaturg or script doctor. It's among my better exercises in futility.
Borstalboy
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Seigner is supposedly very good in the film.
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TotallyEffed
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It really is a huge shame Nina didn't do a film version. I had to return three times to see her. Any idea when the film will be released in America?
henrikegerman
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The reviews I've read - Hollywood Reporter, Variety - are very positive for the movie, the screenplay (by Polanski and Ives) and Seigner and Amalric, whose physical resemblance to Polanski, some reviews note, in combination with the casting of the director's wife, may provide a resonant layer. Seigner had an impressive, brief appearance in La Vie en Rose, where she certainly showed earthiness, and, lest it be assumed nepotism is the be all here, has a great, commanding look for Vanda. Amalric has given many outstanding performances including those in Diving Bell and Munich.
oncemorewithfeeling2
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As of right now, there's no US or Great Britain release date has been put on IMDB. Release date in France is November 13.
g.d.e.l.g.i.
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Oh, that's right, David Ives wrote this! Well... glad to see DOTV didn't dampen Polanski's enthusiasm for working with him.
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canmark
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>> The actress who plays Vanda in the film, Emmanuelle Seigner, is Roman Polanski's wife. He pursued the project so he could make it as a vehicle for her.

Her dress(!) at Cannes:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2330919/Now-thats-daring-Roman-Polanskis-wife-Emmanuelle-Seigner-shows-eye-popping-cleavage-loud-red-dress-Cannes.html
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