The Lady and the Duke
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Having finished his acclaimed cinematic quartet "Contes des quatre saisons," legendary filmmaker Eric Rohmer takes DV camera in hand to recreate this idiosyncratic period piece adapted from the Grace Elliot memoirs. Concerned with faithfully evoking 18th century France, Rohmer uses two strategies -- using only eyewitness accounts of the times and avoiding all external settings, arguing that Paris now is a completely different city than it was during revolutionary times. The story revolves around Grace Elliot (Lucy Russell), a Scottish aristocrat stranded in Paris during the French… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Leave it to Rohmer, now 82, to find a way to bend current technique to the service of a vision of the past that is faithful to both architectural glories and commanding open spaces of the city as it was more than two centuries ago."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Working from Elliott's memoir, Rohmer fashions the sort of delicate, articulate character- and- relationship study he's favored for decades."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"Though not one of Rohmer best films, it's worth seeing for the acting and the dialogue which magnify the glory of the French language. Amazingly, at 81, Rohmer continues to be productive; rejection of film by Cannes Festival stirred controversy in 2001"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"At 135-minutes, this stream-of-facts lecture trembles into the trenches of monotony without the detraction of technology."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"Not only has Rohmer reinvented the costume drama with The Lady and the Duke, he makes the case that the genre is worth reinventing."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Seldom has the elegant past of 18th century royal life married modern filmmaking with the grace and sophistication of Eric Rohmer's L'anglaise et le duc."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Whenever the subtleties of political morality get a bit overbearing, there's a respite in the painterly streets of Paris, where, we are reminded, the past was another city, strange and resistant to present-day adornments."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Who would have thought that in the year of Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones, the year's most innovative use of special effects would come in a film about the French Revolution?"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"My problem with The Lady and the Duke is not Rohmer's ostensibly pro-Royalist politics, but his now reactionary aesthetics."
‑ John Demetry, PopMatters
"Rohmer makes a gracious, if occasionally tedious, effort to dress the French Revolution in digitally rendered scenes that bespeak the period perfectly."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Nothing short of a technical marvel and a ravishing movie to look at."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"I loved the look of this film."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Rohmer's playful style is often good fun. And Russell is especially compelling. But honestly, it's fairly hard going."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Rohmer's novel, exhilarating and elegant work with painted scenery and digital equipment is a revelation. But this work is stuck in a film in which the foreground action is sleep-inducing by comparison."
‑ Josef Braun, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"To the vast majority of more casual filmgoers, it will probably be a talky bore."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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