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The Lady and the Duke (2001)
"L'anglaise et le duc" (original title)

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During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Le duc d'Orléans
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Grace Elliott
Alain Libolt ...
Charlotte Véry ...
Pulcherie the Cook
Rosette ...
Fanchette
Léonard Cobiant ...
Champcenetz
François Marthouret ...
Dumouriez
Caroline Morin ...
Nanon
Héléna Dubiel ...
Madame Meyler
Laurent Le Doyen ...
Section Miromesnil: Officer
Georges Benoît ...
Section Miromesnil: President
Serge Wolfsperger ...
Section Miromesnil: Aide
Daniel Tarrare ...
Justin the Doorman
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Madame Laurent
Michel Demierre ...
Chabot
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An episodic look at Grace Elliott (1760-1823) and Philippe, the Duke of Orleans, during the French Revolution. In 1790, they are friends, no longer lovers. He suggests she leave France, she warns him to quit the Revolution. In 1792, she must escape Paris on foot. Less than a month later, she returns on an errand of mercy and shows great courage saving the governor of Tuileries. The Duke in turn steps in to protect Grace. In early 1793, she demands a promise from the Duke that he vote to spare Louis's life; he does not, and Grace is furious. In April, he warns her of a search; she is arrested and brought before the committee. Orleans, too, is suspect. The guillotine awaits. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »
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7 September 2001 (France)  »

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FRF 39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,804 (USA) (10 May 2002)

Gross:

$329,845 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2001 (#02) See more »

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In one door and out the other
6 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Revolutions always present opportunities for dramatic films since, in fact, most revolutions are in themselves dramatic events. Unfortunately, what this film lacks in drama is compensated for by an overabundance of boredom. One cares not who wins, loses, dies or lives--just end it as soon as possible. This is due in large measure to what seems to me to be a superficial use of background technology. Scenes of Paris and the French countryside have a cardboard quality about them. They might better be done on a bare stage and left that way. One cannot expect the amazing effects of "The House of the Flying Daggers" or "The Golden Compass," but , after all, this is a 2002 digitally mastered production. Characters seem to enter a scene for the sake of entering a scene, so much so that one loses count of the number of times character enter and leave rooms. In my view, this film turns the French Revolution of the 1790s into the "papier-mache" revolution of a "papier colle" world.


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