Friday, December 31, 2010

The Duchess

Another well done Keira Knightly film, The Duchess (2008) tells the story of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.


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Although this is a "costume drama", the strory of the central character is by turns breathtaking and heartbreaking.  Although she was an aristocrat, because she was a woman of her times Georgina's rights were constricted -- and suffocated -- as was her happiness.

I came away with a feeling of having seen a beautiful bird frantically beating her wings against a gilded cage.  "All my life" says the Duchess, "I've been fighting my way upstream".

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