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Encyclopedia > The Painted Veil (2006 film)
The Painted Veil

Movie poster for The Painted Veil
Directed by John Curran
Produced by Mark R. Gordon
Bob Yari
Robert F. Katz
Written by Ron Nyswaner
(screenplay)
W. Somerset Maugham
(novel)
Starring Naomi Watts
Edward Norton
Liev Schreiber
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Editing by Alexandre de Franceschi
Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures
Release date(s) December 20, 2006
Country USA
Language English
Budget $19.4 million
Official website
IMDb profile

The Painted Veil is a 2006 film directed by John Curran and stars Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Liev Schreiber. The Painted Veil is based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. The film has a limited release date for December 20, 2006. Most of the film was shot in China, as director John Curran explained "We wanted this movie to be distinctly Chinese. We didn’t want it to look like a film that you could shoot in Canada or Mexico or Italy". The scouts eventually settled on Guilin, Guangxi in southern China, after a search around Hunan province. [1] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 360 × 534 pixelsFull resolution (360 × 534 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) // Movie poster for the 2006 film The Painted Veil. ... John Curran is the Chairman of ARIN and Chief Technical Officer of ServerVault, as well as former Chief Technical Officer of XO Communications and Chief Technical Officer of BBN Category: Business biography stubs ... Ronald L. Nyswaner (born October 5, 1956 in Clarksville, Pennsylvania) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... W. Somerset Maugham as photographed in 1934 by Carl Van Vechten. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British-Australian actress known for her roles in Mulholland Dr., the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Edward H. Norton[1] (born August 18, 1969) is a critically acclaimed two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American film actor and director. ... Liev Schreiber (pronounced Lee-ev) (born Isaac Liev Schreiber on October 4, 1967) is a Tony Award-winning American actor. ... Alexandre Desplat is a film composer, he most recently scored the music for the movie Firewall, a primarily digital, synthesized soundtrack. ... WIPs logo, which closely resembles half of the WB shield. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Painted Veil is a 2006 film directed by John Curran and stars Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, and Liev Schreiber. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... John Curran is the Chairman of ARIN and Chief Technical Officer of ServerVault, as well as former Chief Technical Officer of XO Communications and Chief Technical Officer of BBN Category: Business biography stubs ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British-Australian actress known for her roles in Mulholland Dr., the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Edward H. Norton[1] (born August 18, 1969) is a critically acclaimed two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American film actor and director. ... Liev Schreiber (pronounced Lee-ev) (born Isaac Liev Schreiber on October 4, 1967) is a Tony Award-winning American actor. ... W. Somerset Maugham as photographed in 1934 by Carl Van Vechten. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... position of Guilin in Guangxi Guilin in Guangxi Guilin (Chinese: æ¡‚æž—; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kuei-lin, Postal System Pinyin: Kweilin; Zhuang: Gveilinz) is one of Chinas most picturesque cities, with a population of 670,000, situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the Peoples...   (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is a province of China, located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence the name Hunan, meaning south of the lake). Hunan is sometimes called 湘 (pinyin: Xiāng) for short, after the Xiang River which runs through the province. ...

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Plot

Kitty Garstin (Watts) is a woman from a wealthy family who marries Dr. Walter Fane (Norton) soon after she meets him at a party, although she does not love him. The Fanes move from England to China, where Dr. Fane is stationed in a government lab studying infectious diseases. Kitty meets Charlie Townsend (Schreiber), a married British diplomat, while in China, and has an affair with him. When Walter finds out, he gives her an ultimatum: come with him to the Chinese interior to assist with a cholera epidemic he has volunteered for, or be served with divorce papers. When Charlie refuses to leave his wife for Kitty, she chooses to travel with her husband. At first, Walter and Kitty barely speak to each other, causing great hostility between them. Kitty is miserable, with nothing to do from morning to night, and walks to add variety to her days. Soon she feels so useless she decides to volunteer at a local orphanage run by French nuns, which her husband visits often outside of his lab work. Kitty begins to see her husband in a new light as she learns what a selfless and caring person he is. The Fanes' marriage slowly blossoms into love. She grows to really care about the children at the orphanage, while Walter tends to the sick and looks for a way to stop the spread of the epidemic despite resistance from the local populace and the local warlord in the politically torn China of the 20's. Kitty learns she is pregnant after their reconciliation but is unsure who the father is. Just as the local cholera problem is resolved, diseased refugees from downriver pour into the area, forcing them to set up a refugee camp outside town. Walter contracts cholera and dies after several days, devastating Kitty. Kitty returns to London, and five years later runs into Charlie Townsend on the street as she walks with her young son, named Walter. Kitty rejects Charlie's overtures and walks away. In medicine, infectious disease or communicable disease is disease caused by a biological agent (e. ... This page is about negotiations; for the board game, see Diplomacy (game). ... Cholera (or Asiatic cholera or epidemic cholera) is a severe diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. ... In epidemiology, an epidemic (from [[Latin language] epi- upon + demos people) is a disease that appears as new cases in a given human population, during a given period, at a rate that substantially exceeds what is expected, based on recent experience (the number of new cases in the population during... For the record label, see Divorce Records. ... An orphanage (historically an orphans asylum before the latter word took on its modern insane asylum connotation) is an institution dedicated to caring for orphans (children who have lost their parents) and abused, abandoned, and neglected children. ... For other uses, see Nun (disambiguation). ... A warlord is a person with power who has de facto military control of a subnational area due to armed forces loyal to the warlord and not to a central authority. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Production

The film was shot mainly in Guilin, Lijiang River.[citation needed] position of Guilin in Guangxi Guilin in Guangxi Guilin (Chinese: 桂林; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Kuei-lin, Postal System Pinyin: Kweilin; Zhuang: Gveilinz) is one of Chinas most picturesque cities, with a population of 670,000, situated in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the Peoples... Lijiang near Guilin in Guangxi The Li River 20 Yuan note and its inspiration Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lijiang River The Li River (Chinese: 漓江, pinyin: Lí Jiāng) is a river in Guangxi Province, China. ...


Critical reception

As of May 1, 2007, the film had a score of 75% on RottenTomatoes based on 131 reviews and a score of 69% on MetaCritic based on 33 reviews. Rotten Tomatoes () is a website devoted to reviews and news of movies and video games. ... Metacritic is a website that collates reviews of music albums, games, movies, TV shows, DVDs and books. ...


Awards

Alexandre Desplat won both the Golden Globe Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score. The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ...


Ron Nyswaner won the 2006 NBR Award for Best Screenplay - Adapted. The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ...


The film was also nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards: for the screenplay, and for Best Male Lead (Edward Norton). Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ...


Though winning Golden Globe for Best Score, the film was not given a nomination in any category at the Oscars.


See also

The Painted Veil is a 1925 novel by W. Somerset Maugham. ... The Painted Veil is a 1934 drama film made by MGM. It was directed by Ryszard Bolesławski and produced by Hunt Stromberg from a screenplay by John Meehan, Salka Viertel, and Edith Fitzgerald, adapted from the 1925 W. Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil. ... The Seventh Sin is a 1957 film based on the 1925 novel The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. ...

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