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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:
Miranda Otto ... Ruth St. Dennis
Haley Lu Richardson ... Louise Brooks
Elizabeth McGovern ... Norma
Blythe Danner ... Mary O'Dell
Campbell Scott ... Alan Carlisle
Victoria Hill ... Myra Brooks
Géza Röhrig ... Joseph
Matt McGrath ... Raymond
Nancy Ellen Shore ... Train Cafe Patron
Robert Fairchild ... Ted Shawn
Andrew Burnap ... Floyd
Ellen Toland ... Greta
Jonathan Walker ... Leonard Brooks
Bill Hoag ... Jack
Craig Geraghty ... Taxi Driver
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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$214,764, 21 April 2019
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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 »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
Sung by Lilias White
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Nicely done
11 April 2019 | by nikatnyteSee all my reviews

Elizabeth McGovern is the reason to see this. She brings to life what, in other hands, could be a cliched character. She has become a much more interesting actress as she's aged; you can't take your eyes off her (those eyes!). The Louise Brooks subplot serves its purpose but seems a bit strained. Blythe Danner, Miranda Otto, Campbell Scott and other familiar names essay their supporting roles well, and the period is recreated nicely. Overall, very entertaining and not nearly as predictable as you would think.


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