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The Chaperone (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 March 2019 (USA)
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In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City.

Director:

Michael Engler

Writers:

Julian Fellowes (screenplay by), Laura Moriarty (based on the book by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Haley Lu Richardson ... Louise Brooks
Elizabeth McGovern ... Norma
Miranda Otto ... Ruth St. Dennis
Campbell Scott ... Alan Carlisle
Robbie Fairchild ... Ted Shawn (as Robert Fairchild)
Blythe Danner ... Mary O'Dell
Victoria Hill ... Myra Brooks
Nancy Ellen Shore ... Train Cafe Patron
Matt McGrath ... Raymond
Géza Röhrig ... Joseph
Stan Demidoff ... Flower Seller
Jonathan Walker ... Leonard Brooks
Andrew Burnap ... Floyd
Kate Grimes ... Ms. Burton
Bill Hoag ... Jack
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In this handsome period piece perfectly suited for cinephiles of all stripes, director Michael Engler (Downton Abbey, 30 Rock, Six Feet Under) and screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) bring a fascinating slice of pre-Hollywood history to light in a coming-of-age story centering on the relationship between the young, free-spirited and soon-to-be international screen starlet Louise Brooks (a riveting, high-intensity Haley Lu Richardson) and her tee-totalling chaperone (a wonderfully nuanced Elizabeth McGovern). On their journey from the conservative confines of Wichita Kansas to the flash and sizzle of New York City, both women are driven by a kindred desire for self-discovery and liberation from the past. Based on the book by Laura Moriarty and anchored by a superb supporting cast (Miranda Otto, Géza Röhrig, and Blythe Danner in a key cameo), The Chaperone is a sensitive, resonant, and illuminating tale of women's lives in the early 20th century.

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One Trip Can Change Everything

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Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$600,654, 11 July 2019
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Trivia

Although it is not identified as such, the musical that Norma and Louise attend is Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's "Shuffle Along." See more »

Goofs

In the film, Louise Brooks wears her hair long until her first dance lesson in New York, after which she cuts it into a bob, ostensibly to stand out from her classmates and/or to be more fashionable, as the flapper style popularized women having shorter hair.

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Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
Sung by Lillias White
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Julian Fellows triumphs again
27 April 2019 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

Julian Fellows creator of Downton Abbey and 2002 Oscar Winner for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park is a master of storytelling and character development.

The Chaperone is such an interesting insight into the differences in attitudes , judgements and moral and racial prejudices of the early 1920's between 2 American cities Kansas and New York.

I really liked the way Julian Fellows has made The Chaperone Norma the main character rather than her much later famous ward Louise Brooks played beautifully by Haley Lu Richardson , recently also very impressive in Five Feet Apart. The story is seen through the life experience of Norma ,who at first seems uncomplicated and sweet but as the story develops we soon know why Norma's not in Cherryville Kansas anymore .

I think this is the best role I've seen Elizabeth Mc Govern play we're so used to her famous role of Cora Crawley Countess of Grantham that this role as the Chaperone at times very dramatic and other times so touching and intelligent is a refreshing example of this actress and her range.

Louise Brooks went on to become one of the most famous and at times infamous Silent movie Jazz Age Stars and this movie is only a snapshot of Louise before her Hollywood fame. Haley Lu Richardson gives us a glimpse of why her determination and devil may care attitude propelled her to stardom but later sent her crashing to earth and virtual retirement in 1938 until much later her memoir Lulu in Hollywood published in 1982 3 years before she died caused such a renewed interest in her films and talent.

As in previous Julian Fellows productions the attention to detail in costumes sets and direction are faultless .

I really loved this film and thoroughly recommend it.


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