The Lady and the Duke
The Lady and the Duke (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 5, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually stunning, The Lady and the Duke uses current technology to elegantly bring the past to life.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

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.

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

Working from Elliott's memoir, Rohmer fashions the sort of delicate, articulate character- and- relationship study he's favored for decades.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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?

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Nothing short of a technical marvel and a ravishing movie to look at.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

I loved the look of this film.

Rich Cline
Film Threat

Rohmer's playful style is often good fun. And Russell is especially compelling. But honestly, it's fairly hard going.

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John Ballantine
Period piece misses the mark. The film makers probably realized it was a disaster but knew someone would always be interested in period they took… More