The Libertine (2004) short review

Not fabulous but not bad either. Johnny Depp stars at the famously debauched Earl of Rochester, and the movie tells the story of his decline. Samantha Morton plays actress Elizabeth Barry, who has a connection with the earl. Not a happy movie. This film joins the new costume-movies-are-okay-provided-they-are-grittily-realistic. It works relatively well (low lighting that really approximates candlelight indoors) and not so well (gritty, low lit outdoor shots). The men’s costuming is really great (what you can see of it). The women’s is less exciting (it’s not necessarily bad, just not flashy and we don’t see much of it).


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.