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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

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Georgiana Spencer became Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of the Georgian period, a period of fashion, decadence, and political change. Spirited and adored by the public at large she quickly found her marriage to be a disappointment, defined by her duty to produce a male heir and the Duke's philandering and callous indifference to her. She befriends Lady Bess but finds she is once again betrayed by her husband who wields his power with the three eventually living uncomfortably together. Against this background, and with the pressures of an unfaithful husband, strict social pressures and constant public scrutiny, Georgiana falls passionately in love with Charles Grey, a rising young Whig politician. However, despite his ongoing liaison with Lady Bess, the Duke refuses to allow her to continue the affair and threatens to take her children from her. Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz

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The scandal that shocked a nation. The courage that defined a woman. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material | See all certifications »

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10 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

£13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$190,426 (USA) (19 September 2008)

Gross:

$13,823,741 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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Susanne Bier wrote an early draft of the script and was originally attached to direct the film. See more »

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The scene in which Georgiana goes into labor to deliver her first baby, begins at night on a snowy evening. This would have been her first baby girl that was later named little G, for Georgiana. However, the real Little G, was born on July 29th, far from what would have been a snowy evening. See more »

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Lady Spencer: I have heard a rumor.
Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: Yes?
Lady Spencer: That I will soon be addressing my daughter as her Grace, the Duchess of Devonshire.
Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: Is it true, Mama?
Lady Spencer: Yes.
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Referenced in Tormented (2009) See more »

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Gigue from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major
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ignore the critics, the duchess is spellbinding
14 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After reading copious amounts of mediocre reviews for "The duchess", I wasn't expecting much from this film. However, from the first scene I was utterly absorbed.

The film isn't "just another period drama", it is an absolutely beautiful and heart-rendering tale of the tribulations faced by Georgian woman. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who although is the key character in the film (as you can probably infer from the title), represents the situation of all woman belonging to a patriarchal society, not just the aristocracy.

Keira knightly is exemplary in this role. Her facial expression tells more than a script ever could. I enjoyed her performance in "atonement" but this was in a whole new league. Ralph Fiennes was also excellent. My best advice is to ignore the critics and come to your own conclusion. My only negative criticism was the rapidity with which Georgiana bonded so intimately with Bess. However, I don't know enough about the social context of the time to really make a judgement.

All in all, a deeply moving tale that shouldn't be neglected.


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