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Venus in Fur

Psychosexual Border Crossings

George Heymont | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new films deal with directors whose brash exploitation of others and internal confusion about themselves blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In each film, the results are fascinating and sexually provocative.

Emmanuelle Seigner in Venus in Fur: The Interview

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Most theater does not translate well into film. The film genre invites expansion and theater can feel claustrophobic. Unless claustrophobic is what you want as in the case of Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' stage play inspired by Sacher-Masoch's novel, Venus in Fur.

Venus in Fur: The Master and the Muse

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Camila Gibran

The first time I ever saw Emmanuelle Seigner I was a 15 year old grunge kid, and she was the gorgeous vulnerable seductress Mimi, intertwined in her husband Roman Polanski's fatally passionate love story Bitter Moon.

Week in Film: Third Person, Jersey Boys and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having never seen the stage version of the jukebox musical on which it was based (in its 10th year on Broadway), I still felt that I was getting a representative feel for that show, as filtered through Eastwood's flinty consciousness. But that doesn't make it a good movie.

"Chinese Puzzle," "Venus in Fur," and "Me, Myself and Mom" at the COLCOA Film Festival

Ira Israel | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

For those who do not already know about it, the City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) Film Festival is one of the great treasures of Los Angeles. Including seventeen U.S. premieres this year, COLCOA is an eclectic array of French movies highlighting the finest talents in French cinema.

Who's Really on Top?

George Heymont | Posted 07.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new productions focus on what happens when the status quo (based on assumptions that rest on a foundation of male privilege) is undermined by women who are more intelligent, more complex, more aggressive and better at what they do than certain men in their lives.

The Sexual Battlefield of Polanski's Venus in Fur

Erica Abeel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

The terrific new Venus in Fur, an erotic two-hander (adapted from David Ives' hit play, itself adapted from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novella), follows a director and an actress as they jostle for domination, ever raising the stakes, in the single locale of a darkened Parisian theater.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Power Shifts, Steamy Sex, Ample Laughter in ACT's Venus in Fur

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.31.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The transformation offers a fleeting suggestion of the stream of reversals that will follow in the play's 90 minutes of broad comedy, intense drama and sizzling sexuality.

Goodman's Venus in Fur: A Power Play With a Twist

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Where to start with David Ives' twisting, tantalizing and tawdry dark comedy? This is the kind of work that delights and surprises in the moment, yet following the event you begin to look past the intoxicating veneer to unravel the underlying puzzle.

Cannes 2013: Polanski's "Venus in Fur"

Karin Badt | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The camera pans down a stormy rainy tree-lined street in Paris, leading us directly to the doors of a dilapidated theater, as lightning strikes and Al...

'A Moment Of Maximum Fabulosity'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — There was a moment this past December in Paris when playwright David Ives achieved what he calls "a moment of maximum fabulosity." F...

Roman Polanski To Bring Erotic Play To Film

Posted 09.20.2012 | Entertainment

Roman Polanski, who directed the film version of the stage hit "God of Carnage" last year, will now take on the erotic black comedy "Venus in Fur," th...

The Tonys and Other Theater Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

When they get their statues and say how much they love being part of the theater community, believe them. The love is real, the people genuinely grounded by the work.

Why Nina Arianda Is An Actress To Watch

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 06.01.2013 | Women

Nina Arianda was just months out of graduate school when she landed the role actress-seductress Vanda in the Off Broadway play "Venus in Fur." Since t...

Adventures in Fantasy Filmmaking, Venus in Fur Edition

James Franco | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment
James Franco

I finally got to see Venus in Fur on Broadway. I had heard so many good things about it from people who love theater. They kept telling me, "It would make a great movie."

Erotic Broadway Show Extends Its Run

AP | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — The acclaimed Broadway production of "Venus in Fur" isn't slinking away quite yet. The Manhattan Theatre Club said Monday that Walte...

Highlights From Hugh Dancy's Role In A Deepy Erotic Broadway Show

Posted 01.08.2012 | Home

Hugh Dancy has somehow managed to evade the path that normally haunts men of his, ahem, looks, opting for the kinds of unflashy film and stage moves t...

Hugh Dancy Will Star In This Broadway Show

AP | Posted 10.15.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- Hugh Dancy has been tapped to star opposite Nina Arianda when "Venus in Fur" hits Broadway. Producers said Monday that Dancy will be in M...