Tuesday, January 5, 2010

THE DUCHESS (2008)


The Duchess (2008) British drama. Based on Amanda Foreman's best-selling biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Directed by Saul Dibb.

A wonderful film that shows the marriage, relationships, and passions of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Georgiana (Kierra Knightly) 17 years old, is flattered to have been selected by Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes), and marries him even though he has very high personal and family expectations. The Duke is a unemotional man who is far more interested in his dogs than spending his time with his new wife. She spends most of her time at parties and gambling with her friends who tease her that Georgiana is loved by all of England, except her husband.
The Duke, brings home a little girl to live with them. Georgiana shocked to find out that the child is his illegitimate daughter. Over the next few years Georgiana gives birth to two daughters of her own, but fails to provide the Duke with a son. While "taking the cure" at Bath in the hopes of being able to conceive a boy, Georgiana finds a friend in Bess Foster (Hayley Atwell). Georgiana's and the Duke invites Bess to live with them in Devonshire. Soon Georgiana finds out that the Duke and Bess have been sleeping together. Georgiana goes to Duke and demands that Bess must leave the house, he refuses. Georgiana looks for comfort in Charles Grey's arms. She goes to Duke and says she will not object to his continuing to have Bess live with them, if he will not object to her having in an affair with Grey. The Duke rejects the idea, saying that he does not make "deals,". He criticizes Georgiana for not giving him a son, and for not remaining loyal to him. She is outraged and runs from him. He chases her down and rapes her.

Will Georgina ever gain the courage not to be a victim?

I absolutely love/love this film.. the costumes, jewelry and hair are spectacular, beautiful landscapes, and music. If you enjoy period films this is a must see..

5 comments:

8812 said...

so nice blog..................................................

KimWilson said...

Okay, I have to say this is not Keira Knightley's best film. htThe story itself is very compelling, but I just wanted to smack most of the cast throughout the picture. You are right about the visual elements, they were eye-catching. Yet, I personally have to rate this film as forgettable. BTW, hated the end.

Dawn said...

Kim, I totally understand why you did not like the film..the ending is very sad. I love the fact that it is supposed to be a true story, taken from the Duchess letters..

PurpleLion said...

I purchased this film on deep discount and have yet to watch it. Maybe I should rethink if it is not good?

Dawn said...

PurpleLion, It is a Good movie. Just very sad to see a happy young girl grow into a woman that everyone takes advantage of.