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Lady Windermere's Fan
The play has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations. The 1925 silent film stars Ronald Colman, May McAvoy, Bert Lytell , Irene Rich and Edward Martindel . It was adapted by Julien Josephson and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. A new film adaptation will be released in the UK in May 2005 and the US in September. Taking its name from the play's subtitle, A Play About a Good Woman, which may refer to Lady Windermere or Mrs Erlynne depending on which critic you believe, it stars Scarlett Johansson as the former and Helen Hunt as the latter character, with Tom Wilkinson playing 'Tuppy', or Lord Augustus. Reportedly the setting has been switched to Italy in the 1930s, on the Amalfi coast. The film's director is Mike Barker , whose only memorable previous project is Best Laid Plans with Reese Witherspoon.
The story concerns the attempts of a disreputable older woman to blackmail the husband of her daughter (who does not know her mother's true identity) into making her accepted in society.
Numerous characters in the play draw their names from places in the north of England: Lady Windermere from the lake Windermere, the Duchess of Berwick from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lord Darlington from Darlington.
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