The White Countess


2h 15m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s, the story of the relationship between a disillusioned former US diplomat and a refugee White Russian countess reduced to a sordid life in the city's bars. Todd Jackson (mid-40s), once an American diplomat filled with idealism, has lost his sight several years earli

Film Details

Also Known As
Den ryska grevinnan, White Countess
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Hweilai Studios, Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy (studio interiors)

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m

Synopsis

Set in Shanghai in the late 1930s, the story of the relationship between a disillusioned former US diplomat and a refugee White Russian countess reduced to a sordid life in the city's bars. Todd Jackson (mid-40s), once an American diplomat filled with idealism, has lost his sight several years earlier, and is now languishing in Shanghai's grand hotels and elite gentlemen's clubs, a burnt-out case, He has become bitterly disillusioned by realpolitik and the seemingly unavoidable nature of war and conflict. He is, moreover, deeply bereaved by the deaths of his wife and children--victims of violent events in the political turmoil of 1930s China that also robbed him of his sight.

Crew

John D Allen

Editor

Catherine Allinson

Script Supervisor

Xue An Liu

Song

Coll Anderson

Sound Editor

Karole Armitage

Choreographer

Louis Armstrong

Song Performer

David Bahanovich

Music

Leo Bahas

Negative Cutter

John Bailie

Camera Focus Puller

Brooks Baldwin

Dialect Coach

Randall Balsmeyer

Titles

Kate Barker-froyland

Production

Michael Barry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Lin Bei

Song

Barney Bigard

Song

Lan Bin

Set Decorator

Zhu Bin

Production Manager

Susan H. Bodine

Production

Arie Bohrer

Production Supervisor

Rahila Bootwala

Associate Producer

Brian Bowles

Adr Editor

Paul Bradley

Coproducer

John Bright

Costumes

Harry Brooks

Song

Andrew Burashko

Music

Ben Burt

Assistant Director

Clifford Burwell

Song

James Calleri

Casting

Michael Chai

Accounting Assistant

Zoe Chen

Liaison

William Cheng

Assistant Director

Sadiya Chowhan

Office Runner

Kris Chung

Assistant

Melissa Chung

Production Coordinator

Tsang Chun Chung

Camera Focus Puller

Lin Chuxiong

Production Coordinator

James Cohen

Assistant Editor

Doug Compton

Animator

Imogen Cooper

Song Performer

J. John Corbett

Digital Effects Artist

Jack Cottrell

Song

Benjamin Cox

Apprentice Editor

Henry Creamer

Song Performer

Zhang Cunzhong

Wardrobe

Martin Czembor

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Wang Daqing

Executive Producer

Qian Defeng

Grip

Yang Dejun

Grip

B. G. Desylva

Song

Lanny Dong

Assistant Production Coordinator

Christopher Doyle

Dp/Cinematographer

Christopher Doyle

Director Of Photography

Al Dubin

Song

Kerstin Dyroff

Production Coordinator

Matt Eaton

Extras Casting Assistant

Duke Ellington

Song

Martin Erskine

Original Music

Norman Evans

Song

Norman Evans

Song Performer

George Every

Assistant Director

Tass Filipos

Music Editor

Tommy Finch

Gaffer

David Fletcher

Special Effects Supervisor

Roger Flock

Music

Dave Flynch

Foley Editor

Olivier Fontenay

Colorist

George Formby

Song Performer

Stephen Foster

Song

Celestia Fox

Casting

Robert Galvin

Sound Recordist

George Gao

Music

Giles Gardner

Assistant Editor

Gerry Gavigan

Assistant Director

William S. Gilbert

Song

Rosie Grant

Wardrobe

Andreas Grosch

Producer

Quan Han Dong

Animator

Tony Harris

Construction Manager

Richard Hawley

Coproducer

Robert Hein

Sound Design

Carol Hemming

Makeup Designer

Ludovic Henault

Sound Engineer

John Andrew Hill

Assistant Editor

Che His Yen

Song

Da Hong

Assistant Director

James Hopkings

Original Music

Chow Hsuan

Song Performer

John Huie

Song

John Huie

Song Performer

Kazuo Ishiguro

Screenplay

Yu Jiandong

Lighting Technician

Ji Jianming

Gaffer

He Jin

Interpreter

Wen Jingrui

Best Boy

Bobby Johanson

Adr

Al Jolson

Song

Zhao Kaiyou

Grip

Yue-sai Kan

Associate Producer

Patrick Kelly

Casting Assistant

David Kempski

Production Assistant

Tomoko Kikuchi

Photography

Ho Kin Kwong

Camera Focus Puller

Richard King

Assistant Sound Editor

Sunil Kirparam

Production Accountant

Thomas Kittle

Special Effects Foreman

Patrick Ko

Executive Producer

Martina Kohl

Hair

Ching Kwang Lee

Song

Yiu-fai Lai

Director Of Photography

Yiu-fai Lai

Dp/Cinematographer

Turner Layton

Song

Yao Lee

Song Performer

Tao Leipei

Construction

Lisa Li

Production Assistant

Liu Li

Music

Yong Li Xie

Music

Zhu Liangde

Assistant Art Director

Yuan Lingeng

Property Master

Leonora Lonsdale

Office Runner

Chang Loo

Song Performer

Antonny Luo

Costume Department

Cory Mandel

Music Scoring Mixer

Eliot Mathews

Assistant Director

Vicki Mcritchie

Negative Cutter

Xie Meng

Assistant

Xue Menglong

Construction Manager

Sylvia Menno

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Ismail Merchant

Producer

Irving Mills

Song

Yu Minhua

Office Runner

Andre Morgan

Executive Producer

Andy Morris

Music

Claudia Moseley

Assistant

Pedja Muzijevic

Song Performer

Sheena Napier

Assistant Costume Designer

Eva-marie Neufahrt

Production Accountant

Morgan A Neville

Assistant

Chuen Ng

Song

James Nichols

Sound

Brian O'connell

Visual Effects Supervisor

Philip O'connor

Costumes

Rich O'connor

Animator

Simon Oxley

Production Coordinator

Mitchell Parish

Song

Glenfield Payne

Sound Effects Editor

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Christopher Penchenat

Boom Operator

Tony Pierce-roberts

Dp/Cinematographer

Tony Pierce-roberts

Director Of Photography

Janos Pilenyi

Digital Effects Supervisor

Sarah Porter

Sound Editor

Madeleine Potter

Song Performer

Graham Preskett

Song

Graham Preskett

Song Performer

Pierre Proner

Production Supervisor

Bian Qi

Set Decorator

Li Qian

Assistant

Li Qiang

Steadicam Operator

Lin Qingwei

Props Buyer

Hu Zhong Quan

Construction Manager

Xiaosong Que

Art Department Coordinator

Andy Razaf

Song

Charles Reston

Apprentice

Richard Robbins

Music

Vincent Rose

Song

Richard Sale

Wardrobe

Andrew Sanders

Production Designer

Ariel Saulog

Digital Effects

Andreas Schmid

Executive Producer

Marcus Schofer

Executive Producer

Vijay Sekhon

Assistant Editor

Claudia Sendlbeck-schickor

Advisor

Pierre Seznec

Song Performer

Wang Shanqing

Set Decorator

Chen Shaomian

Art Director

Aaron Shershow

Unit Production Manager

Wang Shicheng

Office Runner

Han Shonglai

Construction

Zhou Shuhao

Art Department

Steve Simmonds

Art Director

Mark Skazinetsky

Music

Ben Spencer

Assistant Producer

Armen Stevens

Assistant

Sir Arthur Sullivan

Song

Ingrid Sun

Assistant

Rick Sun

Interpreter

Lian Sun Chen

Song

Chen Tao

Music

Colin Thurston

Property Master

Wang Tianyun

Executive Producer

Leo Tolstoy

Song

Winnie Tom

Animator

Rebecca Tu

Song Performer

Aleksandr Vertinsky

Song

Aleksandr Vertinsky

Song Performer

David Wahnon

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Mary Anne Waite

Makeup

Fats Waller

Song

Christie Wang

Makeup

Jennifer Wang

Extras Casting Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Den ryska grevinnan, White Countess
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Hweilai Studios, Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy (studio interiors)

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States January 2006

Released in United States on Video May 16, 2006

Released in United States Winter December 21, 2005

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now/New American Cinema) January 5-16, 2006.

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (World Cinema Now/New American Cinema) January 5-16, 2006.)

Released in United States on Video May 16, 2006

Released in United States Winter December 21, 2005