The Duchess DVD


Set at the end of the eighteenth century, The Duchess is the story of the beautiful and glamorous Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley), the most fascinating woman of the age.

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16 March 2009
Pathe Video 
110 minutes 
  • Average Rating for The Duchess [2008] - 3 out of 5

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  • The Duchess [2008]
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    The Duchess is a beautiful historical drama that's low on actual history but high in emotion and stunning costumes. Knightly's performance is gripping and really pulls the storyline together.

  • The Duchess [2008]
    Kashif Ahmed

    Princess Diana's relative (her great-great-great-great aunt to be precise) gets the biopic treatment in 'The Duchess'. Kiera Knightly plays smouldering brood mare Georgiana Spencer, whose bought into the royal matrix circa 1774, is saddled with an adulterous buffoon of a husband in the Duke of Devonshire; William Cavendish (excellent Ralph 'Charles' Fiennes) before being ostracized by the royal bloodline for having a mind of her own. Years later, Diana Spencer would suffer a similar fate, albeit one which concluded in an altogether more violent manner. Why? Because the monarchy is comprised of murderous, cold-blooded, Annukai-Reptile worshipping, degenerate inbreds...allegedly. Personally, I think they should've explored the possibility that the Duchess's media image was crafted to divert public attention from England's Rothschild instigated war in America and the heinous international crimes of 'The British Empire'. 'The Duchess' is a dramatic departure for director Saul Dibb, who made his debut with inner city, anti-gun picture 'Bullet Boy', Dibb acquits himself well; borrowing from all the right films (e.g. bedroom scene lit like 'Barry Lyndon', some creamy bourgeoisie decadence taken from 'Marie Antoinette' etc). Kiera Knightly looks stunning as usual, and though she's in familiar territory with period drama, we get a good insight into life behind the palace doors. One is amused.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Like her direct descendent Princess Diana Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire was a glamorous royal much loved by the public. While her attractiveness and charm afforded her popularity the intelligent and vulnerable Duchess was trapped within a loveless marriage to one of the country's richest men. Rebelling against the establishment Georgina became active campaigner for the liberal party and in turn romantically involved with Earl Grey leading her through tragedy self-discovery and redemption.

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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