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Encyclopedia > The Importance of Being Earnest (2002 film)
The Importance of Being Earnest
Directed by Oliver Parker
Produced by David Brown
Uri Fruchtmann
Barnaby Thompson
Written by Julian Fellowes
Starring Rupert Everett
Colin Firth
Frances O'Connor
Reese Witherspoon
Judi Dench
Tom Wilkinson
Anna Massey
Edward Fox
Patrick Godfrey
Music by Charlie Mole
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) May 17, 2002
Running time 97 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

The Importance of Being Earnest is a film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners of the same name. The movie, released during the spring of 2002, grossed only about 8.3 million dollars [1], and despite its quirky setting and sometimes esoteric humour, the movie was acclaimed by fans of the now re-emerging genre.[citation needed] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... English film/tv writer, born 1969 in London, England. ... David Brown may refer to: David M. Brown — American astronaut (1956–2003). ... Fellowes as Lord Kilwillie Julian Fellowes (born August 17, 1949 in Egypt, although he is British) was an actor for over twenty years before winning the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay in 2001 for Gosford Park. ... Rupert James Hector Everett (born May 29, 1959) is an English actor and a former singer. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ... Frances OConnor (born on 12 July 1967 in Wantage, Oxfordshire) is an Australian actress who attended Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as well as earned a BA in literature from the Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon,[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ... Anna Massey, CBE (born August 11, 1937) is a British actress. ... Edward Fox, OBE (born 13 April 1937) is an English stage, film and television actor. ... Patric Godfrey is a British actor for film, TV and stage. ... Charlie Mole is a British film and television score composer. ... Image:The Current Miramax type in 2003 “Miramax” redirects here. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (138th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... English film/tv writer, born 1969 in London, England. ... Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ... The comedy of manners satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters, such as the miles gloriosus in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the Restoration, or an old person pretending to be young. ... The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde, a comedy of manners in either three or four acts (depending on edition) inspired by W. S. Gilberts Engaged. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Alternate uses: Dollar (disambiguation) The dollar is the name of the official currency in several countries, dependencies and other regions (see list below). ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Contents

Plot

The plot revolves around two men in Edwardian England, John (Jack) Worthing and Algernon (Algy) Moncrieff. Whenever Jack travels to London from his Hertfordshire estate he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother Ernest. Once in London he keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest. This tactic is especially important as his beloved, Gwendolyn, declares that she could only love a man named Ernest. Her cousin Algy is the one person who knows Jack's secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack's attractive ward Cecily as the infamous Ernest. Cecily is enamored with him and his name, and upon Jack's return home and Gwendolen's unexpected arrival it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Ernests earnestly courting. Look up plot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Edwardian period or Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period 1901 to 1910, the reign of King Edward VII. It is sometimes extended to include the period to the start of World War I in 1914 or even the end of the war in 1918. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom and part of the East of England Government Office region. ...


Awards & Nominations

The film won the 2003 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists's Silver Ribbon award for Best Costume Design, the movie's costumes being designed by Maurizio Millenotti. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reese Witherspoon was nominated for a Teen Choice Award (Choice Actress - Comedy) for her performance as Cecily. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon,[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ...


Cast

Direction:

  • Oliver Parker - Director/Screenplay
  • David Brown - Co-Producer
  • Uri Fruchtmann - Executive Producer
  • Barnaby Thompson - Producer

Actors: English film/tv writer, born 1969 in London, England. ... David Brown may refer to: David M. Brown — American astronaut (1956–2003). ...

Rupert James Hector Everett (born May 29, 1959) is an English actor and a former singer. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ... Frances OConnor (born on 12 July 1967 in Wantage, Oxfordshire) is an Australian actress who attended Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as well as earned a BA in literature from the Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon,[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ... Anna Massey, CBE (born August 11, 1937) is a British actress. ... There have been several well-known individuals named Edward Fox, including: Edward Fox (c. ...

Trivia

  • Actress Finty Williams, who plays Lady Bracknell as a young dancer, is the daughter of Dame Judi Dench, who plays the older Lady Bracknell.
  • The scenes where Rupert Everett slaps Colin Firth on his rear end and where Everett kisses Firth's cheek were ad libbed. Director Oliver Parker thought Firth's stunned reaction was so humorous he decided to leave it in.
  • While Reese Witherspoon was learning her English accent for this movie, her then husband, Ryan Phillippe was learning a Scottish accent for his role in Gosford Park. However, the person who picked it up fastest was in fact their daughter Ava.
  • The business with 'Ernest's' bill at the Savoy, and with the money collectors coming to Jack's country home, are taken from material Wilde cut from the play prior to its publication.
  • Though cut from the revised version, the gardener Molton can be seen in the background of many scenes.

Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Finty Williams (b. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... The first section of this article is about the abstract notion of scene in arts and scene as in a cultural space. ... Bottom commonly refers to the human buttocks but also has other uses The buttocks (anatomical nates, clunium, gluteus, regio glutealis) are rounded portions of the anatomy located on the posterior of the pelvic region of the apes, humans and many other bipeds or quadrupeds. ... The Kiss by Francesco Hayez, 19th century. ... Look up Cheek in Wiktionary, the free dictionary The Cheeks are the fleshy area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and the left or right ear, the skin being suspended by the chin and the yaws. ... See AdLib for the computer sound card manufacturer. ... Regional accents of English speakers describes the many identifiable variations in pronunciation of Standard English between various populations, usually deriving from the phoneme inventory of the local dialect. ... Ryan Phillippe (born Matthew Ryan Phillippe on September 10, 1974) is an American actor. ... Scottish English is taken by some to include Scots and by others to exclude it. ... Gosford Park is a 2001 film, directed by Robert Altman. ... A gardener is any person involved in the growing and maintenance of plants, notably in a garden. ... The term background can have any of the following meanings: Background (computer software) refers to software that is running, but not being displayed. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Films of 2002, by total gross

External links

  • The Importance of Being Earnest at the Internet Movie Database
  • Where Did They Film that? The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Official Site

 
 

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