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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 overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth McGovern ... Norma
Haley Lu Richardson ... Louise
Géza Röhrig ... Joseph
Victoria Hill ... Myra Brooks
Campbell Scott ... Alan
Blythe Danner ... Mary O'Dell
Andrew Burnap ... Floyd
Miranda Otto ... Ruth St. Dennis
Robbie Fairchild ... Ted Shawn (as Robert Fairchild)
Matt McGrath ... Raymond
Daisy Pugh-Weiss ... Young Greta (as Daisy Ann Pugh)
Sean Hudock ... Young Man
Jayne Houdyshell ... Sister Delores
Meg Heus ... Nun
Robert Ray Manning Jr. ... Man #1 (as Robert Manning Jr.)
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

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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.

In reality, Brooks had worn a bob since she was a child. See more »

Quotes

Ruth St. Dennis: Art is not tinsel. Art is gold. And it must be handled by the worthy.
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Crazy Credits

After the first few credits, a few short clips from some of Louise's movies are shown. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
Sung by Lillias White
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It's not about Louise Brooks in her Hollywood years
18 December 2019 | by bama1111See all my reviews

The story takes place when the teenage Louise Brooks (Haley Lu Richardson) leaves Wichita for New York City. She has been accepted to a major dancing academy and has no doubt that she'll be asked to join their dancing troupe. She is, as required at the time, accompanied by a chaperone, Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern). The spirited Louise and the proper Norma seem to have little in common other than wanting to be in New York City. But we soon learn that there is more to Norma than meets the eye. A couple of surprises explain Norma's earlier behavior in her interactions with her husband (Campbell Scott) as well as her later behavior as the story progresses. McGovern and Richardson share most of the screen time along with some brief appearances by Amanda Otto, Blythe Danner and Géza Röhrig. I continue to be impressed with Richardson who came to my attention, in 2016, in Split and The Edge Of Seventeen.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,150, 31 March 2019

Gross USA:

$600,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,541,223
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2.35 : 1
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