Vanity Fair

Synopsis: The British Empire flowers; exotic India colors English imaginations. Becky Sharp, the orphaned daughter of a painter and a singer, leaves a home for girls to be a governess, armed with pluck, a keen wit, good looks, fluent French, and an eye for social advancement. Society tries its best to keep her from climbing. An episodic narrative follows her for 20 years, through marriage, Napoleonic wars, a child, loyalty to a school friend, the vicissitudes of the family whose daughters she instructed, and attention from a bored marquess who collected her father's paintings. Honesty tempers her schemes. No aristocrat she, nor bourgeois, just spirited, intelligent, and irrepressible.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mira Nair
Production: Focus Features
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
141 min

She walks in beauty

Like the night

Of cloudless climes

And starry skies

And all that's best

Of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect

And her eyes

Thus mellow'd to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day


She walks in beauty

Like the night

Of cloudless climes

And starry skies

She walks in beauty

Like the night

Of cloudless climes

And starry skies

- Look after your carriage, mister.

- Oh, please, sir! Please!

Is this your daughter, madame?

I will take her, half cash down

and half in consuls.

Surely, Mama, you cannot sell me

to the highest bidder, though he is a lord.

Why ever not, child?

We cannot flout the rules

of good society.

Mind your backs. Excuse us.

You can catch a lord

with 30,000...

Is this an inconvenient moment?

I've returned for another look, Mr. Sharp,

but I can always come back another time.

No need, my lord.

There it is.

Virtue Betrayed.


Look as long as you want.

- And the price?

- Four guineas, my lord. Just as I said.

They're all four guineas.

Not that one!

That one is 10!

Virtue Betrayed is 10 guineas.

- Oh, but that is too much, little miss.

- Good.

The model was my late wife.

The child doesn't want to part with it.

And if I give you 10 guineas

for this picture of your mother,

will you be happy then

to see it go?


But it will be too much to refuse.

Hmph. Very well then.

Ten guineas it shall be.


I'm very much obliged, sir.

- Good day to you, Mr. Sharp.

- Good day, my lord.

The orphanage can take her,

but I thought you might find her useful.

With both parents dead,

there's no one to fuss.

You can...

do what you like with the child.


How fluent is her French?

Oh, very.

Her mother was Parisian.

An opera girl.

I see.

Well, the less said

about that the better.

Good-bye, Miss Sedley.

You are a credit to us.

Take this copy of the great

Dr. Johnson's dictionary

as a token of our good wishes.

Thank you,

Miss Pinkerton.

You've tidied the library?

Yes, Miss Green.

And the sheet music?

It's all put away?

Yes, it is,

Miss Green.

Well, what about the study hall?

Have you swept it


I have and for the last time.

Don't be too sure, Miss Sharp.

Life can be very unpredictable.

Oh, I do hope so,

Miss Green.

Miss Sharp,

I can't pretend to understand...

why you prefer the post

of a country governess

to your position here.

- Can you not, Miss Pinkerton?

- And you feel quite ready to leave us?

I'm glad to hear it.

Then good day to you,

Miss Sharp.

Good day.

Oh, Miss Pinkerton?

Am I not to have

myJohnson's dictionary?

Very well.

Here you are.

Treat it as a symbol of the education

we have given you.

I certainly will,

Miss Pinkerton.


Silly old trout.

She doesn't know a word of French,

though she's too proud to admit it.

Vive la France.!

Vive Napoleon!

Becky, how can you be

so wicked and vengeful?

And why not?

In all the years I spent there,

I only ever knew

kind words from you.

Revenge may be wicked,

but it's perfectly natural.

Perhaps it is.

But you're wrong to make me say so.

Never mind that.

Let's talk ofhow I'm to spend

my precious week of freedom.

My first priority

is to form an opinion

of Captain Osborne.

I take that duty

very seriously, you know.

It will not tax you.

George is quite perfect.

- And so he should be. And your parents?

- Get on there.!

I must confess

I'm a little nervous of them.

Just be yourself

and everyone will love you.

I do.

- Tell me more about your brother.

- Jos?

There's nothing to add

to what you already know.

He's home on leave from India.

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