The Portrait of a Lady (film)

The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's 1881 novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion.

The Portrait of a Lady
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJane Campion
Produced bySteve Golin
Monty Montgomery
Screenplay byLaura Jones
Based onThe Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
Music byWojciech Kilar
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Edited byVeronika Jenet
Distributed byGramercy Pictures
Release date
  • 28 August 1996 (1996-08-28) (VFF)
  • 24 December 1996 (1996-12-24) (United States)
  • 28 February 1997 (1997-02-28) (United Kingdom)
Running time
142 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States
Box office$3.7 million (United States)

The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelley Duvall, Richard E. Grant, Shelley Winters, Viggo Mortensen, Valentina Cervi, Christian Bale, and John Gielgud.


The film tells the story of Isabel Archer, an innocent young woman of independent means who is manipulated by her "friend" Madame Merle, and the devious Gilbert Osmond.



The Portrait of a Lady received mixed reviews from critics, as it holds a 45% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 71 reviews. The consensus summarizes: "Beautiful, indulgently heady, and pretentious, The Portrait of a Lady paints Jane Campion's directorial shortcomings in too bright a light."


The film was released in 1996 and won several awards for costuming, screenplay, as well as acting awards for Hershey and Donovan. It was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Barbara Hershey) and Best Costume Design (Janet Patterson)[1]

Home mediaEdit

On December 11, 2012, Shout! Factory released The Portrait Of A Lady: Special Edition on DVD and Blu-ray.[2]

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