The Duchess

2008

Action / Biography / Drama / History / Romance

102
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 61%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 69947

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Keira Knightley as Georgiana
Ralph Fiennes as The Duke
Hayley Atwell as Bess Foster
Dominic Cooper as Charles Grey
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Reviewed by blanche-2 6 / 10

Exquisite Keira, exquisitely filmed

"The Duchess" from 2008 is the sumptuously-told story of Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, a direct descendant of Princess Diana.

Georgiana (Knightley) becomes the wife of the Duke (Ralph Fiennes) in 1774. It's an arranged marriage, and the Duke is adamant about the fact that he wants a male heir. Beautiful and vivacious, Georgiana is beloved by society though unhappy in her marriage. The sex makes her uncomfortable, mainly because her husband isn't big on communication. Her mother (Charlotte Rampling) assures her that once the heir is born, the sex will be less.

Georgiana, however, keeps giving birth to girls, and the Duke and Duchess even take in Charlotte, the Duke's illegitimate daughter, after her mother dies. Georgiana loves her as if she is her own daughter.

When Lady Bess (Hayley Atwell) enters the scene, Georgiana is thrilled to have a friend and confidante, until her husband sleeps with Bess and the three are forced to live together. Georgiana then falls madly in love with Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper) and learns that what's good for the goose isn't so good for the gander, especially when the goose has all the power.

Beautiful looking film, with good acting from a top cast, but it moves slowly. One never tires, however, of looking at Knightley in a series of gowns and wigs, ravishing in every scene. The film shows the sad state of women in those times - arranged marriages, blamed if they can't have a boy, forced to tolerate their husbands' affairs, and without power.

Georgiana was a woman who was outspoken politically and drew a lot of attention. It is easy to see why she would find her marriage so constraining. While it may have been, she makes the best of it and makes peace with her circumstances. She emerges in the film, thanks to Knightley, as a strong, adaptable, and forgiving woman.

It's a lovely story, but it could have moved along a bit faster. If you like costume dramas, you will adore this.

Reviewed by leplatypus 1 / 10

Excellent Keira in a pitiful movie (tv)

To resume, Keira plays the free-spirited wife of a royal and we should be moved by the injustices she endures ? Sorry but no way for me : for sure, as movies are done by privileged people, some of them can face hard times and maybe that class is interested and praises such movie ! but myself, as a worker and a citizen in a so-called democracy, i just don't give a s...t to the cries of the upper class ! This movie has the value to get into splendid houses and manors to understand their way of life : they have so much rooms for free and servants, maids to answer all their needs while having an really easy idle life that really i just don't care if they are happy or not ! With such privileges, they should be helpful giving hands instead of hypocritical lessons givers ! So this movie really left me cold and i'm a bit tired to see Keira as an aristocrat crying in period movies. But at least, England knows how to look back at its past because in France, i don't see movies about that time !

Reviewed by orinocowomble 3 / 10

Interesting idea, spoiled in the telling

The British have long been known for top-notch period dramas: the lovely clothes, the palatial homes, every detail of food and drink and music spot-on. So far so good. But how did the director manage to turn a rattling good political/social story set at a time of great unrest in all of Europe and slow it down to a trudge through the sludge?

Perhaps part of it was the camera work, particularly all those shots through windows that "just happen" to blur the one thing the viewer needs to see? Or the terrible sound, which allows us hear every footstep and slurp of wine, but always blurs the dialogue at its most vital point? The needless implied lesbian sex scene? Or simply the wooden performances on the part of all the actors? Shoddy directing, shoddy writing--of course it got an Oscar.

To be honest, for a story where so much might have happened not a lot goes on.

Longest 98 minutes I've sat through in a long time.

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