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PG-13| 2 hr. 24 min.

Plot Summary
Ms. Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) isn't afraid to challenge societal norms. Impressed by her free spirit, her kindhearted cousin writes her into his fatally ill father's will. Suddenly rich and independent, Isabelle ventures into the world, along the way befriending a cynical intellectual (Barbara Hershey) and romancing an art enthusiast (John Malkovich). However, the advantage of her affluence is called into question when she realizes the extent to which her money colors her relationships.

Cast: Nicole Kidman , John Malkovich , Barbara Hershey , Mary-Louise Parker , Shelley Winters , Shelley Duvall ,

Director: Jane Campion

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Gramercy Pictures

The Portrait Of A Lady (1996)

Release Date: December 20th, 1996|2 hr. 24 min.

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  • The Portrait of a Lady is a huge disappointment. It's a deliberately arty, overly formal exercise in emotional terrorism. show more

  • Intelligent but exasperating, its monotonous tone will wear down even viewers who started out in its corner. [27 Dec 1996] show more

  • Ms. Campion has shown a gift for pictorialism -- static pictorialism; she's not a fluid filmmaker - and an abiding fascination with sexual repression. She brings both to this long, slow, distanced version of the Henry James novel. [27 Dec 1996] show more

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Their Best Role: Barbara Hershey in 'The Portrait of a Lady'

Posted by
Peter Martin on Mar 30th, 2011 8:15PM

If you judge her strictly by her most recent roles, Barbara Hershey is a very strong maternal figure, not to be taken lightly. She is magnificent as a harridan of a mother in 'Black Swan,' which...

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