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The Duchess (2007)

The Assembly Rooms
The Duchess (2007)


The Duchess (2007)

2008 | Biopic/Drama | UK

Director: Saul Dibb
Based on the book Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
Screenplay by: Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas and Saul Dibb

Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling and Dominic Cooper.

Synopsis: A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Tagline: Based on the Incredible True Story.

In 2009 it won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design and was nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction. At the BAFTAs in the same year it also won Best Costume Design and was nominated for Best Make Up & Hair.

Keira Knightley was nominated for Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards for her starring role. Ralph Fiennes was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the same awards, and was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes.

Did you know:
The Tuscan red zone-front gown worn by Keira Knightley (known as the "Drunken Dress") had to be made in triplicate due to a stunt scripted for the scene. The costume required 36 meters of silk total for the three gowns, with green and gold lace applied by hand to each one.

Charles Grey: We shall take England into this brave new world and shake the thunder from the skies!

Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: [to a crowd of her adoring public at Bath regaled with a large plume on her hat] We come away to Bath to get away from London, and all of London has come away to Bath.
[laughter from the audience]
Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: Somebody did indeed ask me what kind of feather it is I'm wearing. Well, there are only two specimins of this rare bird known to man. One of them has clearly ended up on top of my head, and the other - rumour has it he's running for office in the Tory Party.

Speechmaker: When she arrives, all eyes are upon her. When absent, she is the subject of universal conversation. And what we see her wearing tonight, I look forward to seeing the rest of you wearing tomorrow!

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2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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