Knightley, Keira

SKU: 032429284747

UPC 032429284747
Release Date 2017-10-10
Studio Paramount Home Entertainment
Discs 1
Length 110
Format Color
MPAA Rating PG-13 (MPAA)
Synopsis Knightley, who's in virtually every scene...rises to the challenge with more skill and emotional range than she's hitherto been given credit for.3 stars out of 4 -- [T]he film belongs to Knightley. There's a fire in her eyes that won't be extinguished, and it keeps us in her corner....It's Knightley who makes THE DUCHESS a royal treat.4 stars out of 5 -- The cast and period are immaculately turned out, and events roll at an assured, stately pace...[T]he film, impeccably shot by cinematographer Gyula Pados on location in a variety of British stately homes, is as handsomely mounted and beautifully costumes as anything you could as for.[E]ntertainingly and sumptuously told....The cinematography is stunning, with gorgeous costumes and a sweeping score. All of this is capped by compelling key performances.After PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and ATONEMENT, Keira Knightley continues her reign as the queen of the period film with this 18th-century costume drama. The corset-clad actress stars as Georgiana Spenser, the Duchess of Devonshire. With her marriage to the duke (Ralph Fiennes), Georgiana achieves an impressive level of fame as Britons follow both her clothing style and her political advice. But even celebrity and wealth can't act as a salve in her marriage to the boring, boorish duke. When he begins to flaunt his affairs, Georgiana is tempted to return to a teenage crush, Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper of THE HISTORY BOYS), to the anger of her husband and her mother (Charlotte Rampling, SWIMMING POOL). Fiennes's portrayal of the duke ranks roughly with his Lord Voldemort on a scale of beastly behavior, but the acclaimed actor manages to give him a level of humanity that far surpasses what he deserves. THE DUCHESS focuses on the lack of power possessed by Georgiana and, in fact, all women of her time, and the duke is the primary agent of her suppression. As she has done with other period films from the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series to KING ARTHUR, Knightley brings spirit to the role, as well as a regal carriage that perfectly fits the detailed costumes by Michael O'Connor. Fans of history-based drama--Georgiana was real-life royalty who is found in the genealogy of Princess Diana--will find much to like in this film, which boasts impressive locations, lush costumes, and forbidden love.[Fiennes] develops a beautiful, wordless vocabulary of hurt, frustration, sadism, lust...and unanalyzed pain for his Duke....The actor creates particulars of time, space, class, and personality with one crook of a finger, one twist of a wrist. -- Grade: BTHE DUCHESS is a handsome historical film, impeccably mounted....It is about hard realists, constrained in a stifling system and using whatever weapons they can command. It is rather fascinating on that level...
Cast Rachel Portman (Composer)
Michael Kuhn (Producer)
Aidan McArdle (Star)
John Shrapnel (Star)
Jeffrey Hatcher (Screenwriter)
Hayley Atwell (Star)
Saul Dibb (Director)
Cameron McCracken (Executive Producer)
Carolyn Marks-Blackwood (Executive Producer)
Anders Thomas Jensen (Screenwriter)
Christine Langan (Executive Producer)
Amanda Foreman (Executive Producer)
Gabrielle Tana (Producer)
Simon McBurney (Star)
Keira Knightley (Star)
Dominic Cooper (Star)
Amanda Foreman (Source Writer)
David M. Thompson (Executive Producer)
Gyula Pados (Director of Photography)
Michael O'Connor (Costume Designer)
Charlotte Rampling (Star)
Saul Dibb (Screenwriter)
Ralph Fiennes (Star)
Francois Ivernel (Executive Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Biography
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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