“Tulip Fever”: a 2008 financial collapse in 17th Century Holland

Tulip Fever”, directed by Justin Chadwick, based on the novel by Deborah Moggach, presents a period piece with a parallel story of a financial bubble – the “tulip mania” in the Netherlands in the 1630s.

Sophia (Alicia Vikander) has been forcibly married to a rich merchant Cornelius (Christoph Waltz), who commissions a young painter Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan) to do her portrait. At first she resists, the way someone might resist having their photo tagged on the Internet today. But soon they fall in love. Jan can’t make a living just as an artist, so they plot to make a killing by “flipping” tulip bulbs.

But, as with all bubbles, the mania bursts, probably because of the intrusion of a pandemic, the bubonic plague. Tragedy ensues, although Jan survives with a prosperous second life in the Dutch East Indies, eventually to become modern Indonesia.

The film is quite erotic in a few spots, and DeHaan’s boyish body is often on display. A few scenes convey the energy of the physical passion that was expected in those days.

Wiki picture of the tulips.

Name: “Tulip Fever”
Director, writer:  Justin Chadwick
Released:  2017
Format:  2.35:1
When and how viewed:  Angelika Mosaic 2017/9/9
Length:  105
Rating:  R
Companies:  Weinstein TWC, Paramount
Link:  FB, distribution controversy

(Posted: Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 11 PM EDT)