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The Lady And The Duke [DVD] [2002]

Lucy Russell , Jean-Claude Dreyfus , Eric Rohmer    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lucy Russell, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Alain Libolt, Charlotte Véry, Rosette
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Writers: Eric Rohmer, Grace Elliott
  • Producers: François Ivernel, Françoise Etchegaray, Léonard Glowinski, Pierre Cottrell, Pierre Rissient
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IIY0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,316 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Eric Rohmer's tale of revolutionary terror in 1790s France, filmed using digital backdrops based on maps and pictures from the period. Former lovers Grace Elliott (Lucy Russell) and Philippe, Duke of Orleans (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) have remained friends despite their passionate disagreement over political issues - she being a staunch royalist, and he a supporter of the revolutionary cause. After the arrest of Louis XVI, Grace asks Philippe for his help in rescuing the fugitive governer of the Tuileries, and he agrees to do what he can. Despite this however, the Duke remains committed to the revolution, and when he is asked to vote on the matter of the King's execution, he lets his conscience lead the way.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Eric Rohmer's historical films seem to explore aspects of the age in which they are set, the "Marquis von O" explored eighteenth century acting techniques, the "Lady and the Duke" explores aristocratic response to the French Revolution.

Exterior scenes take place in town and landscapes created from lithographs, and the interiors and costumes make wonderful use of muted colour tones. These settings could well be hung in an art gallery.

Grace Elliott (Lucy Russell) was a real life courtesan and past mistress of Le duc d'Orleans and the films is based on her autobiography "Journal of my life during the French Revolution" still available from Amazon.

Lucy Russell is superb in creating the character of Grace Elliot and the interaction between her and Dreyfus as the "duc d'Orleans" draws you into the bittersweet afterglow of the residual friendship from an earlier relationship.

However the horror of the French Revolution surrounding the characters is only portrayed by messengers and conversations as it would have been in real life, but this does leave us with a rather flat and uninvolving drama.

A must see for all admirers of Eric Rohmer, but probably of limited general appeal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer's Revolution 12 July 2009
By technoguy VINE VOICE
The lady,Grace Elliot, is an expat Scot who's living in France at the time of the French Revolution. She speaks perfect French(as does the actress,Lucy Russell).What an amazing feat for a British actress!The Duke is the Duke of Orleans,cousin to King Louis, but Republican and in opposition to the Monarchy.This is at the time of the Terror when lots of Aristocrats lost their heads to the guillotine. Grace is an ex-lover of the Duke, but they are still good friends and he writes to her and visits her. He is forever telling her to go as she is not safe. She prefers to live in France at this time. Rohmer makes an elegant stab at a historical drama and cleverly uses painted backdrops, and does a good job on the interiors and the clothing, all hand-stitched. He comes at the subject using Elliot's journals, from a Royalist point of view(that is Grace's). She and the Duke, sometimes have disagreements e.g. about supporting the King, but the Duke prefers them with her, than with his son, who rebels against him dangerously. The actors performed against blue screens and the perspectives of streets and buildings were painted& projected on to the screens.This perfection of artifice, works and creates the atmosphere of 18th century France. Lucy Russell, convinces with her eloquent French, and she has a Gainsborough-like animation, natural with the French and the artifice.Dreyfus is a good counterpart to her, as steady ,loyal and charming.She has a close shave with the Committee of Justice, but is exonerated.However Dreyfus meets a different end.French critics opposed Rohmer's politics, but lauded the technical feat of pulling off such a subject with limited means.Most of all, as it was based on a real journal, I loved the personal angle on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable 22 Feb 2013
By Filmfan
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Eric Rohmer has a unique voice in French cinema. One of the last survivors (at the time of making this) of the New Wave, he was always an outrider of even that movement with which he was associated but he was, for Truffaut, the best of all of them. Rohmer is not interested in big cinematic coups, nor does he care very much for movement. Most of his works are chamber-peices and breathe something of the same air as the best French Literature, of which he was orginally a University Professor. They are studies in character and situation: patient, generous, wry, sad, melancholy, beautiful and supremely economical. THE LADY AND THE DUKE uses digital compositing to create a water-colour like set of backdrops to each scene, sometimes obviously so in the case of the Exteriors, with their period-painting look, less clearly so in the pannelled interiors of the eponymous Lady's Paris house. This allowed Rohmer to work upon the performances as precisely that: chamber pieces, without the distraction of physical context. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady and the Duc 18 Feb 2013
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Great movie where the French revolution is depicted in all its gruesomenss! The vision of the capital a little digitalise!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rohmer returns to his historical dramas in the real story of Grace Elliot, an Englishwoman who stayed in France during the apex of the French Revolution. One always suspected that Rohmer was a conservative, but who knew he was such a reactionary. If you can put aside Rohmer's unabashed defense of the ancien regime (and that is not an easy thing to do, given that, for instance, the French lower classes are portrayed here as hideous louts), this is actually an elegant, intelligent and polished movie. Lacking the money for a big cinematic recreation of 18th century France, Rohmer has instead the actors play against obvious painted cardboards. It is a blatantly artificial conceit, but it somehow works. And newcomer Lucy Russell succeeds in making sympathetic a character that shouldn't be.
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