The Duchess (2008)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, History


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A chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.


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  • Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess (2008)
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  • Keira Knightley and Hayley Atwell in The Duchess (2008)
  • Keira Knightley and Dominic Cooper at an event for The Duchess (2008)
  • Keira Knightley and Hayley Atwell in The Duchess (2008)
  • David Schwimmer and Zoe Buckman at an event for The Duchess (2008)

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11 September 2008 | geoffgee
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| A good story beautifully filmed and with fine performances - especially from Keira Knightly.
I came away from the cinema after seeing The Duchess feeling I had had my consciousness of what life must have been like for the aristocracy of 18th century England dramatically raised (both literally and metaphorically). The story of Georgiana's marriage unfolds by subtle degrees amidst the most sumptuous of interiors and landscaped gardens - all beautifully filmed and realistically recreated. Apart from the main characters, there appear a rich selection of characters from neighbouring strata of society - aristocrats, political activists, servants and children (as babies and older) both legitimate and illegitimate - all of whom contribute to weaving the screenplay into an immensely fascinating narrative. I was already a fan of both Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes before seeing The Duchess, so I was pleased to find that their performances were well up to - and in the case of Ms Knightly even surpassing - my expectations. Even those who aren't normally 'into' period dramas (like me) should, I feel sure, find much to appreciate in this excellent film.

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