Quills is a 2000 period film directed by Philip Kaufman and adapted from the Obie award-winning 1995 play by Doug Wright, who also wrote the original screenplay. Inspired by the life and work of the Marquis de Sade, Quills re-imagines the last years of the Marquis's incarceration in the insane asylum at Charenton. It stars Geoffrey Rush as de Sade, Joaquin Phoenix as the Abbé du Coulmier, Michael Caine as Dr. Royer-Collard, and Kate Winslet as laundress Madeleine "Maddie" LeClerc.
Quills begins in Paris during the Reign of Terror, with the incarcerated Marquis de Sade penning a story about the libidinous Mademoiselle Renard, a ravishing young aristocrat who meets the imprisoned preeminent sadist.
|award||National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|keywords||abbé de coulmier abbé du coulmier black market blind mother break out capture charenton clothe confine decorate end hasty marriage help iron maiden justine kill last rites marquis de sade napoleon napoléon i bonaparte print shop publish pyromania reign of terror run shock the misfortunes of virtue wedding night write young lovers young women|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Production Design|
|producer||Julia Chasman Nick Wechsler Peter Kaufman|
|productionCompany||Industry Entertainment Walrus & Associates|
|publisher||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|recordedAt||London Pinewood Studios|
|theme||biographical drama erotic thriller independent|