The Duchess

24 Comments

Based on Amanda Foreman's bestseller, The Duchess of Devonshire is a story that throws light on ill-treatment to women during the Victorian era. Princess Georgiana, portrayed beautifully by Keira Knightly, is married off to a Duke at a young age. She is made to believe by her mother that the Duke is in love with her. With blind faith and a lot of hope she agrees to start a new life. But everything is shattered as soon as she finds out that the Duke is quite remote and disinterested. Though their married life lacked love she obeys to all the Duke's favors and agrees to become a foster mother to his illegal child. She also stays calm to his extra-marital affairs. To forget the sickness in her married life she takes to politics and socializing. She soon becomes a fashionista and people look up to her for her opinions on politics and latest trends. At one of the social parties she comes across Lady Elizabeth (Bess) who is suffering from the same problems as her and is homeless. Georgiana finds her talking to the Duke and suspects something is going on between them but Bess ensures that they are not involved. She pities her state and arranges for her to stay at the palace. They soon become best friends. Georgiana then meets Charles Grey, an old friend and an aspiring Prime Minister, at a play and is convinced by Bess that he loves her. They start seeing each other and she helps him in his campaign. Meanwhile the Duke who is not at all interested in her life outside develops his relation with Bess. Georgiana infuriated by this asks Bess to leave but the Duke refuses and Bess continues to stay with her kids. Fed up with her dry life that has no meaning for feelings and emotions she strikes a deal with the Duke that if Bess stays she'll have an illegal relation with Charles. The Duke angered by this forces himself on her and orders her to produce an heir. Georgiana finally gives birth to a healthy boy and having done so starts meeting Charles secretly. She gets pregnant and is made to deliver the baby in secret and passed over to Charles' family. The Duke threatens to abandon her from her kids and dethrone Charles if she continues her relation with him. The kids miss her and keep writing to her. With motherhood calling her she refuses her life with Charles and gets back to the palace for her kids. She leads a mechanical life and gets to meet Charles who confirms that he knows of their kid by telling her that he has a niece. With unspoken words of love they depart decently. The Duke marries Bess after her death.

All-in-all a very touching story and its hurting to see a woman being abused. A dynamic lady like Georgiana had to succumb to the needs of her family and her husband, totally ignoring herself and what she wanted in life. She had to keep up with the whims and fancies of her betraying husband while she herself would not be allowed to do anything wishful. Ralph Fiennes did justice to the character and Keira Knightly was amazing. The costumes were excellently designed and music by Rachel Portman is mind blowing. It can be watched once but its more of a girly movie and guys may not like it. Get more up-to-date information from their wiki.

Image courtesy: http://www.impawards.com/


You may also like

24 comments:

kittymatti said...

nice n interesting! Will watch it..

rads said...

Yea Preethi you should, I'm sure you'll like it especially if you like classics.

A journey called Life said...

sounds interesting.. never heard of this before.. makes me want to watch.. also pictures are adding to the 'pull' content of ur blog.. great going..

lafemmereva said...

I usually catch all period movies and I believe Keira Knightley actually suits these roles well. And God!! How I pitied the Duchess. Women of that era were treated like doormats!!! Things are a tad betetr now!

rads said...

Thanks Aparna. Do watch it when you get time.

rads said...

Yep Reva, it was very saddening to see that in the movie and am glad too that its no longer the same.

sammythewizzy said...

Im a big fan of Kiera Knightley.. Definitely going to watch this one as soon as my exams get over :) .. so you like all these medieval age type movies? If you do, you will love "Amazing Grace".. watch it.. :)

rads said...

Thanks Sammy and all the best for your exams. Yea I love watching classics. Especially those from the Victorian times. I'll definitely try watching that movie.

A journey called Life said...

Rads.. watched the movie.. was very nice.. though i hated the way the protagonist was treated.. esp when she has to give up her baby.. thanks for writing about this, otherwise would have never known..

Adesh Sidhu said...

No wonder this movies was nominated for three Oscars and won for Best Costumes.

I think I will buy its DVD and will watch it. Thanks for this wonderful review.

Sapna said...

Nice story, definitely worth a watch - that’s what I can say from the story here… Thanks for bringing this up!

rads said...

No probs Aparna...I'm glad you liked it...

rads said...

Yep Adesh do watch it...its not an excellent movie but worth watching...

rads said...

No prob Sapna...do try n watch it. I'm sure u'll like it...

Vyazz said...

I am a huge fan of period dramas. Not to mention a thorough history fan. Did u know that the duchess of Devonshire would regularly correspond with the ill fated Queen Marie Antoinette of France, who was also submerged in marital problems?

rads said...

Welcome to the club. I did'nt know that, but I guess at that point of time there were many such cases globally. It was an age when women were treated like waste. Thanks for the info.

Kadambari said...

Keira does look smashing in the picture! Should watch this one sometime.

TW said...

Just saw another Keira Knightley movie - Atonement.. I think I'll put this in my Netflix queue..
BTW have you seem Pride and Prejudice?

rads said...

Yea Kadambari, she was gorgeous in the movie, do try n watch it.

rads said...

@TW: Hmm I'll try to watch that...I did see Pride n Prejudice but I felt the BBC version was better than the movie.

Kurt Avish said...

Somehow the hot Keira attracted my attention :P My ever favorite actress. Nice blog by the way and thank you for your comment on my blog. Hope to hear from you again soon :-)

rads said...

She does look gorgeous in the poster. Welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting.

le embrouille blogueur said...

I recently watched Kiera Knightley in Silk and I was floored by the story and her performance (though limited).

rads said...

Hmm I've not watched that but would love to see her performance. Thanks for mentioning.