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Perfume : the story of a murderer

Author: Tom TykwerAlan RickmanDustin HoffmanAndrew BirkinBernd EichingerAll authors
Publisher: [England, UK] : Pathé Distribution Ltd., 2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1738 in Paris, a baby is born under a fishmonger's bloody table in a marketplace and abandoned. Orphaned, passed over to the monks as a charity case, already there is something about the tiny infant that is unsettling. No one will look after him; he is somehow too demanding and, even more disturbing, something is missing: he doesn't smell the way a baby should; indeed, he has no scent at all. Yet Jean-Baptiste  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Film adaptations
Named Person: Patrick Süskind
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Tykwer; Alan Rickman; Dustin Hoffman; Andrew Birkin; Bernd Eichinger; Gigi Oeri; Ben Whishaw; Rachel Hurd-Wood; Karoline Herfurth; David Calder; Simon Chandler; Sian Thomas; Jessica Schwarz; Corinna Harfouch; Paul Berrondo; Timothy Davies; Sam Douglas; Harris Gordon; Sara Forestier; Joanna Griffiths; Birgit Minichmayr; Alvaro Roque; Franck Lefeuvre; Michael Smiley; Richard Felix; Frank Griebe; Alexander Berner; Pierre-Yves Gayraud; Uli Hanisch; Patrick Süskind; Constantin Film (Firm); VIP 4 (Firm); Nouvelles éditions de films (Firm); Castelao Productions.; Pathé Distribution Limited.
OCLC Number: 671958006
Language Note: In English with subtitles in English for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Based on the novel by Patrick Süskind.
Source of information: disc container and screen.
Credits: Director of photography, Frank Griebe ; production designer, Uli Hanisch ; editor, Alexander Berner ; costume designer, Pierre-Yves Gayraud ; makeup & hair design, Waldemar Pokromski ; music, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil ; performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, conductor, Sir Simon Rattle.
Cast: Ben Whishaw (Jean-Baptiste Grenouille), Alan Rickman (Richis), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Laura), Dustin Hoffman (Giuseppe Baldini), John Hurt (narrator), Karoline Herfurth (the plum girl), David Calder (Bishop of Grasse), Simon Chandler (Mayor of Grasse), Sian Thomas (Madame Gaillard), Jessica Schwarz (Natalie), Corinna Harfouch (Madame Arnulfi), Paul Berrondo (Druot), Timothy Davies (Chenier), Sam Douglas (Grimal), Harris Gordon (Marquis de Montesquieu), Sara Forestier (Jeanne), Joanna Griffiths (Marianne), Birgit Minichmayr (Grenouille's mother), Alvaro Roque (Grenouille, age 5), Franck Lefeuvre (Grenouille, age 13), Michael Smiley (porter), Richard Felix (Chief Magistrate).
Event notes: Originally produced as a German/French/Spanish motion picture in 2006.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated R for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images; Canadian Home Video Rating: 18A for sexual content, nudity, and violence.
Description: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1; Aspect ratio: 16:9.
Other Titles: Story of a murderer
Responsibility: Constantin Film presents ; a Constantin Film / VIP Medienfonds 4 production ; in co-production with Nouvelles Éditions de Films and Castelao Productions ; directed by Tom Tykwer ; screenplay by Andrew Birkin & Bernd Eichinger & Tom Tykwer ; produced by Bernd Eichinger ; co-producer, Gigi Oeri ; a Tom Tykwer film ; a Bernd Eichinger production.

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In 1738 in Paris, a baby is born under a fishmonger's bloody table in a marketplace and abandoned. Orphaned, passed over to the monks as a charity case, already there is something about the tiny infant that is unsettling. No one will look after him; he is somehow too demanding and, even more disturbing, something is missing: he doesn't smell the way a baby should; indeed, he has no scent at all. Yet Jean-Baptiste Grenouille clings stubbornly to life, because he possesses an absolute sense of smell, and with it, he can read the world, discovering truths that elude ordinary men. As he leaves childhood behind and comes to understand his terrible uniqueness, his obsession becomes the quest to identify, and then to isolate, the perfect scent--that of life itself. Grenouille embarks on a monstrous quest, until the frenzy of his final triumph explodes in all its horrifying consequences.

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