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      The Lady and the Duke

      PG-13 Released May 10, 2002 2h 3m History Drama List
      72% Tomatometer 71 Reviews 68% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings The tale of a beautiful, royalist English gentlewoman living perilously in France during the Revolution, and her sometimes affectionate, sometimes tempestuous relationship with Philippe, Duke of Orleans, a cousin of King Louis XVI but nonetheless a supporter of revolutionary ideas. The Lady manages to persuade the Duke to rescue an outlaw, but fails to keep him from voting for the King's execution. Read More Read Less
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      Visually stunning, The Lady and the Duke uses current technology to elegantly bring the past to life.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Susan Stark Detroit News Leave it to Rohmer, now 82, to find a way to bend current technique to the service of a vision of the past that is faithful to both architectural glories and commanding open spaces of the city as it was more than two centuries ago. Rated: 3/4 Sep 27, 2002 Full Review Geoff Pevere Toronto Star Nothing short of a technical marvel and a ravishing movie to look at. Rated: 4/5 Jul 26, 2002 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos What comes out in the storytelling is the way our actions emerge from a tangle of sympathies, personal loyalties or debts owed, preexisting relationships we take for granted, and professed ideologies. Jul 31, 2023 Full Review Mark Halverson Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Though not one of Rohmer best films, it's worth seeing for the acting and the dialogue which magnify the glory of the French language. Amazingly, at 81, Rohmer continues to be productive; rejection of film by Cannes Festival stirred controversy in 2001 Rated: B- Feb 14, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Eric Rohmer embraced the new technology to create an absorbing and astute costume drama film. Because of his innovative ideas regarding depth of field and production design, we can now enjoy exquisite masterworks as Hugo (Martin Scorsese) or The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Period piece misses the mark. The film makers probably realized it was a disaster but knew someone would always be interested in period pieces..so they took their chances. Not worth the effort to find. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Le moins qu'on puisse dire avec ce film, c'est que la Nouvelle Vague est tout a fait morte. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the better period movies I have seen, particularly of those set around the time of the French Revolution. It is difficult to find a good word describing the brilliant acting here...though "delicate and understated" might just cut it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member After having exclusively viewed contemporary cinema over the past 3 weeks and all the inherently "unsure" cinema that such an exercise involves, watching the total and complete confidence of old man Rohmer was like mana from heaven. Rohmer finally lends his conservatism to didactic political prominence with this vicious attack on the horrors of the French Revolution. It owes everything to Rossellini's historical films, and, sadly, Rohmer is probably the only director today still looking directly to Rossellini's historical films for inspiration. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The episodic nature through the French Revolution period can be a bit of a distraction to the story of adversity of an Englishwoman in France, however the plot does make for an interesting costume drama. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The tale of a beautiful, royalist English gentlewoman living perilously in France during the Revolution, and her sometimes affectionate, sometimes tempestuous relationship with Philippe, Duke of Orleans, a cousin of King Louis XVI but nonetheless a supporter of revolutionary ideas. The Lady manages to persuade the Duke to rescue an outlaw, but fails to keep him from voting for the King's execution.
      Director
      Éric Rohmer
      Producer
      Françoise Etchegaray
      Screenwriter
      Éric Rohmer
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Violent Images)
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 10, 2002, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      May 13, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $329.8K
      Runtime
      2h 3m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)