Tuesday, March 01, 2011
"The Duchess": what family values used to mean for British nobility
The 2008 (and 18th Century Britain) period piece “The Duchess” from director Saul Dibb, Pathe, and “Paramount Vantage”, based on the book “Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire” by Amanda Foreman, certainly plays the “old fashioned family values card”. When the Duchess (Keira Kinghtley) objects to her boring marriage with the Duke (Ralph Fiennes) and plays around (gambling, for example) and then wants to pursue politician Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper). The Duke, who has illegitimate sons who don’t count, wants a male heir by the Duchess, and giving him one and raising him is to become the point of her whole life. I know the feeling.
Here’s Pathe’s costumes featurette, with some Mozart (from a Piano Concerto) in the background: