V for Vendetta (film)
|V for Vendetta|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James McTeigue|
|Screenplay by||The Wachowski Brothers|
|Based on||V for Vendetta|
by David Lloyd
Alan Moore (uncredited)
|Music by||Dario Marianelli|
|Edited by||Martin Walsh|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$132.5 million|
- A charismatic and skilled freedom fighter who was the unwilling subject of experimentation by Norsefire. James Purefoy was originally cast as V, but left six weeks into filming, citing difficulties wearing the mask for the entire film. He was replaced by Weaving, who had previously worked with Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers on the Matrix series.
- Director James McTeigue first met Portman on the set of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, where he worked as assistant director. In preparing for the role, Portman worked with dialectologist Barbara Berkery in order to perform with an English accent. She also studied films such as The Weather Underground and read the autobiography of Menachem Begin. Portman received top billing for the film. Portman's role in the film has parallels to her role as Mathilda Lando in the film Léon. According to Portman: "the relationship between V and Evey has a complication [like] the relationship in that film." Portman also had her head shaved on screen during a scene where her character is tortured.
- Finch is the lead inspector in the V investigation, who, during his investigation, uncovers an unspeakable government crime. When asked whether the politics attracted him to the film, Rea replied "Well, I don't think it would be very interesting if it was just comic-book stuff. The politics of it are what gives it its dimension and momentum, and of course I was interested in the politics. Why wouldn't I be?"
- A former Conservative Member of Parliament and Under-Secretary for Defence, Chancellor Sutler is the founder of Norsefire and is Britain's dictator. Hurt played a contrary role in another dystopian film: Winston Smith, a victim of the state in the film adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- Stephen Fry portrays Gordon Deitrich, a closeted homosexual and talk/comedy show host. When asked in an interview what he liked about the role, Fry replied "Being beaten up! I hadn't been beaten up in a movie before and I was very excited by the idea of being clubbed to death."
- Also included in the cast are Tim Pigott-Smith as Peter Creedy, Norsefire's Party leader and the head of Britain's secret police (the "Finger"); Rupert Graves as Dominic Stone, Inspector Finch's lieutenant; Roger Allam as Lewis Prothero, a propagandist for Norsefire; John Standing as Anthony James Lilliman, a corrupt bishop at Westminster Abbey; and Sinéad Cusack as Dr. Delia Surridge, the former head physician at the Larkhill Detention Centre, now a coroner. Natasha Wightman portrays Valerie Page, a lesbian imprisoned for her sexuality. Imogen Poots portrays Valerie as a child.
Modern fears of totalitarianism
Production and release
Differences between the film and graphic novel
- The ideology of the hero of the film has greatly influenced the ideological group called Anonymous, which adopts the typical mask as its symbol.
- In 2007 Italian comedian and activist Beppe Grillo, on the occasion of V-Day and V2-Day (a political campaign of public mobilisation in Italy to prevent the nomination as Parliamentary candidates of recipients of criminal convictions and other issues), has reused the graphic symbol of the "V" revising the ideology of Moore's work. The same "V" is also contained in the symbol of the 5 Star Movement, founded in 2009 by the same Grillo.
- French rapper Keny Arkana used the symbol "V" for her song "V por Vérités", a hymn to collective awakening and for an uprising against a sick system.
- Film has much fan-made trailers and music videos, some from which has original idea, for example in "V for Vendetta poetic trailer" (2011), created by Nikolai Kurbatov, dominated musical poetry and the film's plot in the trailer shows through dialogue.