'Tulip Fever': A Lush Portrait Of A Florid Affair
It s called Tulip Fever, a period romantic thriller starring Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench and Dane DeHaan, with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard.
Bob Mondello has one of the first takes on this film that s had such a long, strange trip to movie screens.
Director Justin Chadwick s film Tulip Fever, like the best-selling 1999 novel by Deborah Moggach on which it s based, is set during this period of collective obsession and wild speculation.
Wealthy merchant Cornelius (Christoph Waltz), married to the beautiful and much younger Sophia (Alicia Vikander), hires promising young painter Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan) to take their portrait.
The two begin a torrid affair; Chadwick keeps them dashing through Amsterdam s teeming streets and markets to avoid detection, lingering awhile in those where traders calculate dividends while bidding on tulip futures.