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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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Ça ira
by Bercourt, Claude Balbastre (as Balbastre) 1790
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Odd and tiresome
2 September 2003 | by nerovilleSee all my reviews

I've seen a lot of films set during the French Revolution, and this odd and tiresome effort by Eric Rohmer is definitely not one of the better ones. I can't help but feel that Rohmer had some grand vision for this movie, as recreating the life and vision of some late 18th century aristocrat, and he did not entirely succeed. For starters, the film seems less 18th century and more like a late 19th century stage play- filmed in the style of an early silent film, circa 1915. One almost expects the actors to begin to gesture wildly and start rolling their eyes. Character development is non-existent, and the direction, with its paucity of camera angles, is nothing to write home about. The actors do the best they can, but there is only so much that they can do, given the clunky script and direction. I didn't find the film to be boring exactly... just odd and half-baked. The much-ballyhooed digital backgrounds add to the air of weird, never-never land detachment to the entire proceedings.

All in all, this is not the worst movie I've seen, but if you really want to get into the mindframe of 18th century nobility, then I would highly recommend the 1999 Masterpiece Theater miniseries "Aristocrats," which is far more entertaining, convincing and involving than "Lady and the Duke." If you wish to see a great film about the French Revolution, then go see "La Révolution Française" with Jane Seymour and Klaus Maria Brandauer (if you can find it), or "Danton" with Gerard Depardieu. Even the 1938 "Marie Antoinette" is more interesting than the Rohmer film, and Norma Shearer's reaction to the Princesse de Lamballe's head is a great deal more powerful than Lucy Russell's.


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