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The Secret History is an American Noir Drama Thriller film written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola and directed by Wes Anderson based on the first novel by acclaimed Mississippi author Donna Tartt; The Secret History.

It is set in New England at the fictional hampshire college of Hampden and concerns a group of estranged college youths dealing with the killing one of their own friends and the outward fractures which occur in their minds.

The film went into production in early 2008 but was cancelled and then put back into pre-production on November 30th, 2009.

The film was completed on January 14th, 2012 and was originally slated for theatrical release on December 12th, 2012.

It however ultimatley only pre-screened on that date at the Los Angeles, Cairns, NY and Venice Film Festivals.

The film was released theatrically on February 4th, 2013.

The film stars Will Peltz, Skyler Samuels, Renee Olstead, Luke Bilyk, Cayden Boyd, Joey Pollari, Connor Price, Morgan Freeman and Halle Berry.

The film also features an ensemble cast of Hollywood A-List adult actors and actresses including: Gerard Butler, Sandra Bullock, Keira Knightley, Adrien Brody, Elizabeth Hurley, Jason Statham and Harrison Ford.

Supporting Actress Elizabeth Hurley has secured her first Oscar nomination for her role in the film.

Plot

A reclusive Californian teen comes to an elite Hampshire college where whilest in fleeting attempts to secure a position in Greek 101 befriends a group of outcasts harboring a bevy of dark secrets.

What begins as a trip down experience lane ends in the murder of one of the group and the cover up which leaves the Californian recluse and the others' minds fractured and damaged beyond repair.

As they suffer on in silence the body count rises and the heat turns towards each other as the madness ensues in a spinning cycle of psychadelia.

Cast

  • Will Peltz as Richard Papen
  • Skyler Samuels as Camilla Macauley
  • Renee Olstead as Matilda Lane
  • Luke Bilyk as Henry Winter
  • Cayden Boyd as Charles Macauley
  • Joey Pollari as Francis Abernathy
  • Connor Price as Edmund "Bunny" Corcoran
  • Anna Kendrick as Bianca Kasket
  • Morgan Freeman as Professor Julian Morrow
  • Halle Berry as Ms. Waltz
  • Gerard Butler as Mr. Woormore
  • Sandra Bullock as Vice Principal Vaya Sederia
  • Keira Knightley as Jennifer Littlelet
  • Elizabeth Hurley as Councellor Janet Welsh
  • Adrien Brody as Mr. Walt Littlelet
  • Jason Statham as the Trucker
  • Brian Cox as the Dead Farmer
  • Missi Pyle as the Dead Farmer's Wife
  • AnnaSophia Robb as Greta Eisenhower
  • Miranda Cosgrove as the Freshmen Who Committed Suicide
  • Angus T. Jones as Sherly Brower
  • Keke Palmer as Antonia Velasquez
  • Madaleine Martin as Angry Recluse Jane Burroughs
  • Will Poulter as Henry's friend Tucker Tims
  • Cameron Bright as Tucker's Friend Lewis
  • Jeff Perry as Deputy Kovac
  • Julie Hagerty as Deputy Hershell
  • Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Deputy Foster
  • Charles Shaughnessy as Deputy Willis
  • Ethan Phillips as Mr. Papen
  • Sally Field as Mrs. Papen
  • John Wesley Schipp as Mr. Winter
  • Claire Higgins as Mrs. Abernathy

Behind The Scenes

  • Among the main character youths who the film chronicles is Anna Kendrick's in denial recluse Literature student Bianca Kasket. In Tartt's novel there was no member of the group of youths named Bianca and the character is the split between character Camilla Macauley who Kendrick originally auditioned for and impressed Wes Anderson on, prompting him to create a character completely for her among the group
  • The film's meaning is left ambiguos much like David Lynch's feature Mulholland Drive, events are rapidly changing and reality is presented clearly to the audience on purpose so as to keep them guessing. What is clear is what was clear from Tartt's original novel of the same name, the murder, the suffering and that Richard Papen is a reclusive Californian youth from a boring upbringing

Soundtrack

  1. Allegro- Mozart
  2. Adagio- Mozart
  3. Rondo- Allegio- Mozart
  4. Romanza- Adente- Mozart
  5. Rondo- Allegro- Vivace
  6. Allegro Assia- Mozart
  7. Alla Breve- Mozart
  8. Allegro- Vivaldi
  9. Etude Opus 25- Chopin
  10. Nocturne Opus 15- Chopin
  11. I'm On Fire- 5000 Volts
  12. Please Mr. Postman- The Carpenters
  13. Flying- Chris De Burgh
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