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The Marquis de Sade is one of the best-known writers of you-know-what literature. His material is far from loving, being concerned with the 'excitement' of the mean, foul, injurious and dangerous.

In Quills, we are invited into a lovingly recreated madhouse, run by the mean-spirited and lecherous (Michael Caine), for the amusement of the aristocracy, populated with the insane of various degrees, and maintained by poor and downtrodden workers (including a remarkably clean Kate Winslet).

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Our Kate's character is fascinated by the Marquis, smuggling his texts out of the madhouse to be published, and sharing the material with her friends. As the film progresses, all the characters deteriorate, poisoned by the seemingly attractive, but ultimately destructive effects of conscienceless excitement-seeking.

Beautifully photographed, the film looks like an old Dutch master, and the film-makers obviously enjoyed the process of making the film. The question is, did it seduce them and overwhelm their good judgement as it did the characters is this, yet another, BOTS biography.

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Due for Australian release March 1, 2001
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Title: Quills (2000)
Written by: Doug Wright (play, scr)
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
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The Players:: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine
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