Duchess (Blu-ray) (2008) - Oscar® Winner!
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Based on the Incredible True Story.
|Academy Award nominees Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes star in The Duchess -- the compelling true story of a lavish world filled with smoldering passion, heartbreaking deception and stifling demands. Beloved by a nation but betrayed by her husband, Georgiana Spencer -- the Duchess of Devonshire and "Empress of Fashion" -- faced an agonizing choice between responsibility and love. This gripping portrayal of England's "It Girl" has won acclaim from audiences and critics alike. She was vivacious. She was heroic. She was The Duchess.|
"This is scandal-mongering fun that also lays bare the deforming power of the male aristocracy. J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"...an addictively entertaining diversion that's as hard to stop watching as the books are to stop reading. Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Duchess is feisty, cool and scandalous. Richard Schickel, Time
Editor's NoteAfter PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and ATONEMENT, Keira Knightley continues her reign as the queen of the period film with this 18th-century costume drama. The corset-clad actress stars as Georgiana Spenser, the Duchess of Devonshire. With her marriage to the duke (Ralph Fiennes), Georgiana achieves an impressive level of fame as Britons follow both her clothing style and her political advice. But even celebrity and wealth can't act as a salve in her marriage to the boring, boorish duke. When he begins to flaunt his affairs, Georgiana is tempted to return to a teenage crush, Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper of THE HISTORY BOYS), to the anger of her husband and her mother (Charlotte Rampling, SWIMMING POOL).Fiennes's portrayal of the duke ranks roughly with his Lord Voldemort on a scale of beastly behavior, but the acclaimed actor manages to give him a level of humanity that far surpasses what he deserves. THE DUCHESS focuses on the lack of power possessed by Georgiana and, in fact, all women of her time, and the duke is the primary agent of her suppression. As she has done with other period films from the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series to KING ARTHUR, Knightley brings spirit to the role, as well as a regal carriage that perfectly fits the detailed costumes by Michael O'Connor. Fans of history-based drama--Georgiana was real-life royalty who is found in the genealogy of Princess Diana--will find much to like in this film, which boasts impressive locations, lush costumes, and forbidden love.
The Duchess - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Robert M. Barga Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/14/2009 4:23 PM
|The Duchess is a movie about love, a movie about revenge, a movie about control, and a movie about Britain in its golden era. It is a character study, a love story, and a time-piece. Really, The Duchess, has no idea what type of story it wants to be. Keira Knightley plays Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire, a populist, Whig Party-supporting, fashion icon that would put Caroline Kennedy to shame. Dominic Cooper plays Sir. Charles Grey, her long-time love interest and the future Prime Minister (Whig) of Britain. Ralph Fiennes plays the Duke of Devonshire, Georgiana’s husband and the political leader of the Whig Party. The cast is rounded out with Hayley Atwell (Bess Foster), Simon McBurney (Charles Fox), and Charlotte Rampling (Lady Spencer)....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Francois Ivernel - Executive Producer|
|Saul Dibb - Screenwriter|
|Amanda Foreman - Source Writer|
|David M. Thompson - Executive Producer|
|Gyula Pados - Director of Photography|
|Michael O'Connor - Costume Designer|
|Jeffrey Hatcher - Screenwriter|
|Rachel Portman - Composer|
|Michael Kuhn - Producer|
|Cameron McCracken - Executive Producer|
|Carolyn Marks-Blackwood - Executive Producer|
|Anders Thomas Jensen - Screenwriter|
|Christine Langan - Executive Producer|
|Amanda Foreman - Executive Producer|
|Gabrielle Tana - Producer|
|Saul Dibb - Director|