Angels And Insects


(out of 5)

Riveting costume drama that looks to reveal the grimy underbelly of proper Victorian society.  is irresistible as a scientist researching insects who is invited to study at the home of a wealthy benefactor, eventually falling in love with the young lady of the house () and marrying her. What he doesn’t know is that Patsy’s up to no good with a certain other resident of the household and upon finding out about it, Rylance realizes that creepy crawly bugs definitely aren’t the grossest things that could be found in this home.  is perfect as the poor relative/hanger-on who bewitches Rylance with her immediate camaraderie and stylish intelligence. Wonderfully directed by Philip Haas, the film has a visceral modern look, even for a period piece.

Playhouse International Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company

USA/United Kingdom, 1995

Directed by 

Screenplay by ,Philip Haas, based on the novella Morpho Eugenia by

Cinematography by

Produced by Belinda Haas, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1995

Cannes Film Festival 1995

National Board of Review Awards 1996.

Toronto International Film Festival 1995

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