The movie is a study of an aristocratic family in the Victorian England. William Adamson, a young scientist, is introduced into the aristocratic family Alabaster by Reverend Alabaster who is also fascinated by insects. William marries the older daughter of the family and studies the amounts of insects in the garden of the villa. His – for the aristocrats – strange behaviours reveal at the same time their own failures and passions. —Volker Boehm
Philip Haas (born 1954) is an American artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his 1995 film Angels and Insects.
He began his career as a documentary film maker, lensing ten profiles of unusual artists through the 1980s with the theme “Magicians of the Earth.”Over the years he has tended to work closely with his wife, Belinda Haas, who shares credit as writer on several of his films. In 2000 they worked on a biographical film on the silent film star Louise Brooks. That project has yet to come to fruition.
His feature film Angels and Insects, set in Victorian England, was nominated for an Academy Award, The Blood Oranges which featured Sheryl Lee, an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel, Up at the Villa, and The Situation, a political thriller released in 2006. Other feature films include the highly regarded The Music of Chance (1993), and Up at the Villa, starring Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft and Kristin Scott Thomas.
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