The Duchess details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Simon McBurney, Aidan McArdle, Angus McEwan|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Based on a True Story, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Mar 2009|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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superb..........................By williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 06 Sep 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]this dvd is superb. It stars Keira Knightley as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Ralph Fiennes as William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, Hayley Atwell as Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire and Charlotte Rampling as Lady Spencer.
The film is set at the end of the eighteenth century, The Duchess is the story of the beautiful and, glamorous Georgiana Spencer, the most fascinating woman of the age.
While her beauty and charisma made her name, her extravagant tastes and appetite for gambling and love made her infamous.
Married young to the older, distant Duke of Devonshire, the confidant of ministers and princes, Georgiana became a fashion icon, a doting mother, a shrewd political operator and darling of the common people.
But at the core of her story is a desperate search for love.
From Georgianas passionate and doomed affair with Earl Grey to the complex ménage à trois with her husband and her best friend, Lady Bess Foster, The Duchess is a very contemporary tale of fame, notoriety and the search for love.
Well worth watching.
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Historical PleasureBy a customer , 18 Dec 2013This was my second viewing and it is even better the 2nd time. A typical historic period piece with believable true historic facts. This happened, maybe not all facts are true who knows but a fantastic account of what women went through, although rich and famous they were only there to bare sons!! Keira is gorgeous and ace too!!
Fabulously rich people feeling miserable about their terrible livesBy mj55 (175 reviews) , 04 Jun 2013As you can guess from my title I wasn't too impressed. Despite the effort that clearly went into this movie I couldn't muster up much sympathy for the horrible creatures in this story. Fabulously wealthy and powerful, totally detached from the general populace and living in their own little bubble I couldn't relate in any way to the characters - with their obsessions about male heirs, fashion and their bit on the side. Plus ça change :-) No doubt it's a well made movie but the storyline and characters killed it for me.
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Made me want to read the bookBy stefv (60 reviews) , 28 Apr 2013Fascinating story of a terrible marriage. Lovely sets and costumes but at heart this is a sad story about an arranged marriage.
A great film. Thoroughly recommendedBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 04 Mar 2013Kiera Knightley, A great period drama about duchess of Devonshire in loveless marriage forced to give up her lover to retain access to her children. Thought to be a faithfull representation of the times. Lots of parallels with Charles and Diana.
Effective Drama of Passion and EtiquetteBy Seedyvee (207 reviews) from Grantham , 10 Feb 2013An effective drama arising from the external forces of passion bearing on a loveless marriage in tension with the social values and expectations of 18th century high society England. While Ralph Fiennes broods chillingly as the inhibited and taciturn Duke, Keira Knightly is ... well, Keira Knightly yet again. For all her dollish prettiness she exploits on camera her acting seems based on mere technique and her shallow unnatural style is all too apparent when in dialogue with others and her emotional motivation quite absent. Lovely settings, down to the delicious sound affects of candles being quenched redolent of a once quite genteel England.