The Duchess (2008)
September 19, 2008 (Limited)
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material
Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley), was the original "It Girl." Like her direct ancestor Princess Diana, she was ravishing, glamorous and adored by an entire country. Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping changes to England as a leader of...
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Period pieces have lost their popularity in recent years, but filmmakers just keep on making them. The more modern filmmaker has been able to buck audiences' stereotypes by taking such films to a deeper, more vibrant place, both in terms of intensity and visuals. Joe Wright, who did Atonement
and Pride and Prejudice
, is the perfect example of a director who has figured out how to make period pieces alive again. Unfortunately, the director of The Duchess
, Saul Dibb, does not have this same gift.
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