Vanity Fair


2h 20m 2004

Brief Synopsis

The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even as a child, she yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. As she leaves Miss Pinkerton's Academy at Chiswick, Becky resolves to conquer English society by any means possibl

Film Details

Also Known As
Fåfängans marknad
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea; Sameer Khan
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m

Synopsis

The daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl, Becky is orphaned at a young age. Even as a child, she yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises. As she leaves Miss Pinkerton's Academy at Chiswick, Becky resolves to conquer English society by any means possible. She deploys all of her wit, guile, and sexuality as she makes her way up into high society during the first quarter of the 19th century. Becky's ascension to the heights of society commences when she gains employment as governess to the daughters of eccentric Sir Pitt Crawley. Becky wins over the children, and the Crawley family's rich spinster Aunt Matilda as well. The rural Hampshire household comes to find her indispensable, and Matilda comes to confide in the bright young woman. But Becky knows that she cannot be a true part of English society until she moves to the city. When Matilda invites her to come live in London, Becky eagerly accepts. There, Becky is reunited with her best friend Amelia Sedley, who-having grown up comfortably--does not share Becky's more brazen ambitions. Hewing close to the family she already knows so well, Becky secretly marries dashing heir Rawdon Crawley but when Matilda discovers their union, she casts the newlyweds out. When Napoleon invades Europe, Rawdon bravely reports to the front lines. Pregnant Becky stands by distraught newlywed Amelia, whose own husband George Osborne is also called to fight. When George does not survive the Battle of Waterloo, Becky's friendship with Amelia is strained beyond repair. Becky is reunited with Rawdon and gives birth to a boy, but, post-war, money and comforts are sparse for the trio. More intent than ever on gaining acceptance into London society and living well, Becky finds a patron in the powerful Marquess of Steyne. Steyne's whims enable Becky to realize her dreams, but the ultimate cost may be too high for her.

Crew

Rajeev Acharya

Production Accountant

Richard Ackland

Assistant Camera

John Adefarasin

Assistant Camera

Javed Akhtar

Music Lyrics

S M Ferozeuddin Alameer

Producer

Imtiaz Amir

Assistant Production Accountant

Divya Anand

Assistant Costume Designer

Ray Angelic

Associate Producer

Steve Anthony

Electrician

Beulah Baptist Archer

Hair

Beulah Baptist Archer

Makeup

John Arnold

Grip

Robyn Aronstam

Script Supervisor

Pablo Arraya

Music Engineer

Matthew Baker

Assistant Director

Joaquin Ballabriga

Costume Designer

Abigail Barbier

Adr Voice Casting

Ben Battersby

Assistant Camera

Kenny Becker

Color

Klemens Becker

Camera Operator

Yoel Ben-simhon

Music

Christine Bergren

Music

Lucy Bevan

Casting Assistant

Raghu Bharadwaj

Unit Manager

Arjun Bhasin

Costume Designer

Maria Bisset

Animal Wrangler

Saakshi Biswas

Production Assistant

James Blackwell

Advisor

Andy Bradford

Stunt Coordinator

Perry Brahan

Rigging Electrician

Edmund Broad

Office Runner

Christian Brockey

Production Coordinator

Richard Broome

Grip

John Brown

Animal Wrangler

Zoe Brown

Hair

Zoe Brown

Makeup

John Burden

Driver

Anita Burger

Makeup Artist

Arjun Burji

Key Grip

Tony Burnes

Electrician

Lord George Gordon Byron

Song

David Cadwallader

Grip

Suzanne Caplan Merwanji

Production Designer

Stephanie Carrol

Consultant

Gilly Case

Location Scout

Chang Su Chan Shiu

Hair

Sunil Chhabra

Property Master

Luke Chisholm

Driver

Freddie Chiverton

Driver

Phil Clark

Location Scout

Mike Clark-hall

Office Runner

Howard Cohen

Executive Producer

Hannah Collett

Assistant

Yana Collins Lehman

Post-Production Assistant

Frank Connor

Photography

Marko Constanzo

Foley Artist

David Cozens

Assistant Camera

Barney Crocker

Camera Trainee

Pippa Cross

Executive Producer

Chris Cull

Property Master

Bob Curly

Caterer

Belinda Cusmano

Set Decorator

Steve Cussell

Rigging Electrician

Gene D'cruze

Construction Manager

Richard Dalton

Props

Mychael Danna

Original Music

Mychael Danna

Music

Kalpa Dave

Set Decorator

Terry Davies

Music Arranger

James Davis

Special Effects Technician

Janette Day

Producer

Len Day

Carpenter

Mulchand Dedhia

Gaffer

Rick Derby

Assistant

Peter Devlin

Transportation Captain

Nrinder Dhudwar

Stunt Coordinator

Heather Dixon

Assistant

Maria Djurkovic

Production Designer

Nicholas Dodd

Original Music

Nicholas Dodd

Music Conductor

Tony Driver

Driver

Blanka Dudas

Makeup Artist

Jennifer Dunnington

Music Editor

Steve Dyke

Caterer

Kevin Early

Location Assistant

Dan Edelstein

Foley Editor

Louis Elman

Adr Voice Casting

Hassan Esh Esh

Music

Hassan Esh Esh

Song

Glyn Evans

Painter

Gillian Farr

Production

Matthew Faulk

Associate Producer

Matthew Faulk

Screenplay

Julian Fellowes

Screenplay

Robert Fernandez

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Gary Fisher

Carpenter

Micky Fisher

Carpenter

Ian Franklin

Rigging Gaffer

Vic Fraser

Music

Jane Frazer

Coproducer

Jennifer Freed

Post-Production Supervisor

Giles Gale

Costumes

Selva Ganesh

Music

Jim Gardner

Production Manager

Justin Garner

Stand-In

Charlie Gaynor

Carpenter

Donna Gigliotti

Producer

Craig Gilbert

Driver

Peter Gleaves

Adr Mixer

Martin Goddard

Rigging Electrician

Hugh Goodbody

Special Effects Technician

Anu Gopalakrishnan

Assistant

Jon Henry Gordon

Makeup

Jon Henry Gordon

Hair

Ray Greenhill

Costumes

John Grey

Animal Wrangler

Chris Hammond

Driver

Ben Harrington

Driver

Tim Harrison

Driver

Steve Hart

Location Manager

Jenny Hawkins

Costume Supervisor

Joseph Haydn

Music Arranger

John Haynes

Painter

John Heayn

Carpenter

Annabel Hill

Makeup Artist

Daniel Hillsdon

Accounting Assistant

Andrew Hinch

Other

Amy Hollaway

Art Department

Dennis Holliday

Rigging Electrician

Virginia Holmes

Makeup

Mark Holt

Special Effects Supervisor

Jo Hopker

Hair

Jo Hopker

Makeup

Kevin Hopkins

Painter

Greg Howard

Driver

Craig Humphries

Driver

Susan Ignatius

Makeup

Susan Ignatius

Hair

Megan Inglesent

Instructor

Shernaz Italia

Production Coordinator

Jason Jalloul

Office Runner

Ali James

Location Assistant

Allyson C Johnson

Editor

Lee Jones

Rigging Electrician

Sally Jones

Script Supervisor

Reema Kagti

Assistant Director

Simrun Kalra

Assistant

Geeta Kapoor

Choreographer

Debbie Kaye

Animal Wrangler

Norman Kaye

Animal Wrangler

Amanda Keable

Costume Supervisor

Max Keene

Assistant Director

Fred Kelly

Security

Ned Kelly

Carpenter

Nick Kenealy

Video Assist/Playback

Ashraf Khan

Boom Operator

Farah Khan

Choreographer

Sameer Khan

Cable Operator

Stuart King

Best Boy

Dan Korintus

Dialogue Editor

G Monic Kumar

Assistant Camera

Drew Kunin

Sound Mixer

Rebecca Lafford

Makeup Artist

Paul Laffy

Driver

Clyde Lane

Caterer

John Lane

Caterer

George Lara

Foley Mixer

Custer Larue

Song Performer

Micky Law

Carpenter

Richard Law

Rigging Electrician

Terry Law

Carpenter

Mai Layton

Hair

Mai Layton

Makeup

Richard Lindsay

Assistant Location Manager

Marissa Littlefield

Adr Editor

Rita Lunn

Caterer

Sadie Lunn

Hair

Sadie Lunn

Makeup

Emily Lutyens

Graphics Coordinator

Jonathan Lynn

Executive Producer

Hayley Lyon

Accounting Assistant

Tatiana Macdonald

Set Decorator

Christine Mack

Other

Lorna Mackay

Assistant

Dean Macy

Driver

Shankar Mahadevan

Music

Shankar Mahadevan

Song Performer

John Malham

Painter

Steve Malin

Production

Miranda Marks

Assistant Production Coordinator

Candy Marlowe

Assistant Director

Gary Martin

Props

Tony Martinez

Supervising Sound Editor

Eric Mcallister

Sound Editor

Jill Mccullough

Dialect Coach

Danny Mcgrath

Assistant Director

David Mcguinness

Music Arranger

David Mcguinness

Music

Dean Moran

Transportation Captain

Kate Morath

Boom Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Fåfängans marknad
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Kevin O'Shea; Sameer Khan
Distribution Company
Focus Features
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2004 Satellite Award for Best Costume Design by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Released in United States on Video February 1, 2005

Released in United States September 2004

Released in United States Summer September 1, 2004

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) September 1-11, 2004.

This is the fifth feature film adaptation of William Thackeray's novel, "Vanity Fair." Previous features include a 1932 adaptation directed by Chester M. Franklin and starring Myrna Loy.

Feature screenwriting debut for both Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet.

Released in United States on Video February 1, 2005

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (in competition) September 1-11, 2004.)

Released in United States Summer September 1, 2004