The Lady and the Duke

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Released 2002

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The Lady and the Duke

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Director:
Eric Rohmer
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
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.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The director manages to evade both the stuffy antiquarianism and the pandering anachronism that subvert so many cinematic attempts at historical inquiry.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Just as interesting, if not more so, is how Rohmer integrates his very contemporary concerns into a period drama, how he creates characters who manage to be true to our times as we...

  • 80

    Variety

    History comes alive with verve and cold-sweat suspense in The Lady and the Duke.

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