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Vanity Fair

Dir: Mira Nair US/UK2004 140 minsAdapting classic Nineteenth Century novels for the screenis invariably a thankless task. If filmmakers are too brutal paring down bookswhich run to hundreds of pages, they risk straining out the wealth of detailand description which makes the originals memorable in the first place. Ifthey're not brutal enough, they end up with baggy, unfocused affairs likely totax the most indulgent audiences' patience. Mira Nair's ...

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