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Notes on a Scandal

Author: Judi DenchCate BlanchettBill NighyAndrew SimpsonRobert FoxAll authors
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Barbara is a cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. Her only means of taking the edge off her desperate loneliness is writing in her journal. Sheba is a younger, attractive woman, who joins the faculty as an art teacher. Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say in her diary. Barbara finds herself reaching out to Sheba. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Thriller
Melodrama
Suspense films
Film adaptations
Drama
Named Person: Zoë Heller
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Judi Dench; Cate Blanchett; Bill Nighy; Andrew Simpson; Robert Fox; Scott Rudin; Patrick Marber; Richard Eyre; Philip Glass; Tim Hatley; Zoë Heller; Fox Searchlight Pictures.; BBC Films.; DNA Films.; UK Film Council.; Ingenious Film Partners 2 (Firm)
OCLC Number: 83599793
Language Note: In English (5.1 Dolby Surround), dubbed French (Dolby Surround) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby Surround); optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed captioned in English.
Notes: Based on the book by Zoe Heller.
Originally release as a motion picture in 2007.
Credits: Director of photography, Chris Menges ; editors, John Bloom, Antonia Van Drimmelen ; music, Philip Glass ; costume designer, Tim Hatley ; productions designer, Tim Hatley.
Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R; for language and some aberrant sexual content.
Description: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC, region 1; widescreen presentation.
Contents: Special features: Optional audio feature commentary by director Richard Eyre --
Notes on a Scandal: The story of two obesssions [featurette] (ca. 12 min.) --
Notes on a scandal behind the scenes [featurette] (ca. 5 min.) --
A conversation with Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy [featurette] --
"In character with Cate Blanchett" [featurette] (ca. 2 min.) --
Webisodes (ca. 14 min.).
Other Titles: Notes on a scandal (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures and DNA Films presents in association with the UK Film Council and BBC Films, a Scott Rudin and Robert Fox production ; produced by Scott Rudin and Robert Fox ; screenplay by Patrick Marber ; directed by Richard Eyre ; presented in association with Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP.

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Barbara is a cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. Her only means of taking the edge off her desperate loneliness is writing in her journal. Sheba is a younger, attractive woman, who joins the faculty as an art teacher. Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say in her diary. Barbara finds herself reaching out to Sheba. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to meet Sheba's lecturer husband and their two children. Later, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having a sexual relationship with a 15-year old student, Barbara realizes that knowledge of this secret gives her power over Sheba which she can use for her own purposes. Sheba becomes uneasy with Barbara's friendship. The tenuous relationship between the two women reaches a crisis point when Barbara's cat is dying and she asks Sheba to go with her to the vet. Sheba chooses to go with her family to see their son in a play instead. In revenge, Barbara sets in motion the scandal that will rock both their lives in ways they never imagined.

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