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The Duchess [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JK6P18
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,354 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sumptuous historical drama starring Keira Knightley as eighteenth century aristocrat Georgiana Spencer, Duchess of Devonshire, who was known for her glamorous and extravagant lifestyle. Married at a young age to the older Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes), Georgiana becomes a fashion icon and a shrewd political operator as well as a doting mother and darling of the common people. However, trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his mistress, her search for love becomes increasingly desperate. When she begins a passionate affair with an ambitious young politician, the scandal causes bitter conflict with her already distant husband.

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Swaddled in whalebone and wigs, Keira Knightley steps into the restricted world of the Duchess of Devonshire, a royal lady popular with her subjects but stuck in an unhappy marriage. If this situation recalls Princess Diana (a descendent of the Duchess's family), so much the better for the purposes of director Saul Dibb and company; this film is eager to draw parallels with the unfortunate Lady Di, as Knightley's unsuspecting girl is married off to the Duke (Ralph Fiennes), a distracted man who craves male sons, and obviously has never thought of women as anything other than a means to achieve an heir. When the Duchess launches her procreative career with a couple of daughters, well, the Duke begins to get nervous--and partners outside the marriage become increasingly appealing. The Duchess serves up lavish portions of Brit-movie staples: costumes (which, in Knightley's case, are nothing short of spectacular), landscapes and gorgeous music (by Rachel Portman). If it falls short in some vague way, perhaps it's because the film is a mostly one-note affair, meaning exactly what it seems to mean at every moment. Charlotte Rampling appears too briefly as Knightley's mother, and Dominic Cooper and Hayley Atwell (from Brideshead Revisited), rising stars both, contribute attractive lures for the principals. They prove the old movie adage: there's a lot to be said for eye candy. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

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I really enjoyed watching this film. The period costumes were great, the scenery and lighting were fantastic. I am not a huge Kiera Knightley fan but I thought that she showed a real commitment to the character of Georgiana.
Having also read the book that inspired the film, I was intrigued to see how the film would compare. I think the way to look at it is to recognise that they have captured the essence of Georgiana. The film shows a little of this incredibly fascinating person and the pressures and temptations of her life.
Some aspects of this film are tragic, so not a feel good chick flick, but worth a watch!
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I strongly believe that anyone fond of period dramas and 18th century society will deem this film absolutely adorable. The script is really interesting on itself and what makes the movie fantastic are the stunning performances of acclaimed actress Keira Knightley and actors Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper and more.
Something else that catches the viewer's attention is how realistic a film 'The Duchess' is. Let us not forget that it was the winner of this year's Academy Award in 'Best Achievement in Costume Design' and, furthermore, it was nominated for 'Best Achievement in Art Direction too'.
Personally, I was amazed by the amount of special features of this DVD, as there was a lot to discover behind the story of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Deleted scenes, not available in other editions, are included as well.
In conclusion, 'The Duchess' is a masterpiece with great cast and crew and I highly recommend it to anyone with a good taste in films.
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By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2008
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The Plot
At the tender age of 16, Georgiana Cavendish (Kiera Knightley) is married off to the dark, distant Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes). To the outside world, Georgina is the darling of London society. But behind the smiles, she hides pain and heartache of a crumbling marriage, due to her inability to bear an heir.

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The perfect replacement for David Tennant in the TARDIS is....Kiera Knightley. Why? Well, she seems to be stuck in the past, with her last three films (I'll just gloss over the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) have been period pieces, so she could probably do with a time machine to get back to the present day.

However, having Knightley stuck in the past is no bad thing for film fans. As the young Duchess of Devonshire, she cements her place as one of Britain's greatest acting talents, leaving Elizabeth `try wearing a corset' Swan far behind. Both actress and character have a lot in common - they're young, beautiful, strong women - making Knightley perfect for the part. Having been chosen for the role as she would be able to portray the Duchess from late childhood into full adulthood, Knightley has to contend with a whole range of emotions. From the teenage joy at the outset, to confusion and disbelieve at the actions of the Duke, to sorrow and angry at his eventual betrayal, Knightley fills every scene with the emotion and passion required from the role.

Director Saul Dibb, in only his second feature film, has perfectly captured the emotional storm in which the duchess finds her self. Transferring her from the hustle and bustle of the London set, where she is love and adored, to the loneliness and isolation of grand country manors, only serves to emphasise the broken women which she has become.
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I went to see THE DUCHESS at the cineam with two girlfriends from work. The film was my choice; neither of my friends were particularly bothered about it, one of whom was not even sure she would enjoy it. However, as we left the cinema and discussed how we had all found it, both of my friends had to agree that they had loved it.

The film is about Georgiana Cavendish, an ancestor of Lady Diana. Married as a young girl, Georgiana is stuck in a loveless marriage. All she has taken from it is the status it brings her. Her husband, the Duke, seems to care more for his dogs than he does for her. It is clear that he views her only as a way of producing an heir. But Georgiana is not the typical lady of the 17th Century.
If you read the book, you find that she became quite fiercely involved in politics. In a way, she made a name for herself which was separate from that of her husband.
And, if this film is anything to go by, she was a woman who was able to sacrifice her own happiness for the good of others. The film concentrates on her love of another man - a man she cannot be with, unless she risks the wrath of her husband.

What I, and my friends, loved about this film was how it shows how people can sacrifice themselves for love. The emotion of the film is as true today as it would have been then. Knightley and Fiennes do a great job of acting their parts, drawing you into their story. Watching how it was for women at this time, it is hard to witness his treatment of her. The double standards that existed, almost expected, made us as the audience angry on her behalf.
While there may be parts of her life that have been left out, or there may be some historical errors, I do not think that it takes anything away from this production. View it as entertainment. The fact that it appealed to my friend who had no prior interest, shows that the film makers have done something right.
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