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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.

Director:

Éric Rohmer

Writers:

Grace Elliott (memoir "Ma vie sous la révolution"), Éric Rohmer (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Le duc d'Orléans
Lucy Russell ... Grace Elliott
Alain Libolt Alain Libolt ... Duc de Biron
Charlotte Véry ... Pulcherie the Cook
Rosette ... Fanchette
Léonard Cobiant Léonard Cobiant ... Champcenetz
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Dumouriez
Caroline Morin Caroline Morin ... Nanon
Héléna Dubiel Héléna Dubiel ... Madame Meyler
Laurent Le Doyen Laurent Le Doyen ... Section Miromesnil: Officer
Georges Benoît Georges Benoît ... Section Miromesnil: President
Serge Wolfsperger Serge Wolfsperger ... Section Miromesnil: Aide
Daniel Tarrare Daniel Tarrare ... Justin the Doorman
Marie Rivière ... Madame Laurent
Michel Demierre Michel Demierre ... Chabot
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Storyline

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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Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Duke See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,804, 12 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$329,845, 6 October 2002
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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References The Far Country (1954) See more »

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Marche lugubre
Music by François-Joseph Gossec
Performed by La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy (as l'Orchestre de la Grande Ecurie & la Chambre du Roy)
Conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire
Produced by Igor Kirkwood
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Depressing The Tale of the French Revolution
20 November 2002 | by Chuck-185See all my reviews

"The Lady and the Duke" is based on a true story and taken directly from the memoirs of Grace Elliott, a well-to-do Scottish woman who lived in France during the French Revolution. The film concentrates on her months in Paris during the later years of the revolution (1793-1794), better known as the Reign of Terror. Director Eric Rohmer took the unusual and odd step of filming his actors superimposed over 18th Century scenic paintings. Perhaps it was his intention to contrast these inanimate objects with the real-life pain and utter misery of his subjects' existence. Lucy Russell is elegant and believable as Grace Elliott, a woman torn between loyalties to an old lover and her former aristocratic way of life. As the Revolution becomes more horrific, she sees all her friends who haven't been wise enough to leave France annihilated, and begins to wish she had left the country herself. Jean-Claude Dreyfus is also excellent as the Duke of Orleans, Grace's former lover who still remains a close friend. Although a royal himself, he makes the ruinous decision to vote for the King's death which has disastrous results for both himself and his country. Grace and the Duke's relationship are the centerpiece of the movie juxtaposed against the changing times and the coming doom and radical phase of the Terror. Director Rohmer's movie is both exquisitely mounted and historically knowledgeable. He has taken one of history's more volatile times and brought the audience into all the suffering and injustices of that period. Although one might need to know a bit of history regarding the French Revolution beforehand, this movie can still be viewed by anyone who has sympathy for the human condition. Man's inhumanity to Man is well on display in "The Lady and the Duke".


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