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The Duchess
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Keira Knightley Keira Knightley
Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes
The Duke
Charlotte Rampling Charlotte Rampling
Lady Spencer
Dominic Cooper Dominic Cooper
Charles Grey
Hayley Atwell Hayley Atwell
Bess Foster
Simon McBurney Simon McBurney
Charles Fox
Aidan McArdle Aidan McArdle
Richard Sheridan
John Shrapnel John Shrapnel
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You can't ask me to battle nature in my own heart.

9 years, 3 months ago at Sep 7 22:04
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''You can't ask me to battle nature in my own heart.''

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Keira Knightley: Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire

Ralph Fiennes: Duke of Devonshire

The Duchess(2008) is based on Amanda Foreman'... read more


7 years, 8 months ago at Mar 28 15:32
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I love you in the way I understand love.

I'm a huge fan of epic and periodic movies, but this one really amazed me. Let me make it clear that I am no fan of Kiera Knightley, but in this movie, I couldn't help but admire her acting prowess. She's up against Ralph Fiennes, of all people, one of Britain's most talented thespians, and she is able to keep up and complement his portrayal of... read more

More for the eye than for the mind

9 years, 3 months ago at Sep 11 22:43
1 vote
Knightley's performance lacked in depth as, frankly, the whole film did.
It did not have something to say at all. In this, it was reminiscent of
Kirsten Dunst's 'Marie Antoinette'. Both women, however, do their reputation as 'empresses of Fashion' full justice. The costumes were actually the most interesting thing about the film. Waiting for Knightley's next appearance to see what s... read more
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Description: 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 ... (more)
Release date: 10 October 2008
Tags: Drama (19), Romance (12), Biography (11), 2008 (9), Historical (9), Infidelity (6), History (6), Period Piece (5), England (5), 2000s (5), (4), Based On True Story (4), Affair (4), Based On A True Story (3), Royalty (3), UK (2), France (2), Rape (2), Historical Drama (2), 2000's (2)
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