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Stunning visual qualities in muted French Revolution drama.,
This review is from: The Lady And The Duke [DVD]  (DVD)
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.