The Lady and the Duke (2001)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violent images)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Rohmer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 1, 2002
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Pulcherie

as Champcenetz

as Madame Meyler

as Fanchette

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as Section Miromesnil A...

as Justin the Doorman

as Madame Laurent

as Vergniaud

as Osselin

as Meudon City Hall Cle...

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as Vaugirard Officer 3

as Carmes Convent Passe...

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as Boulevard Saint-Mart...

as Rue de Lancry Doorma...

as Versailles Patrol Of...

as Guards - Soldier 1

as Guards - Soldier 2

as Guards - Drunk

as Madame de Gramont

as Madame du Chatelet

as Street Singer
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Critic Reviews for The Lady and the Duke

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (30)

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.

September 27, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

I loved the look of this film.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Lady and the Duke

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 their chances. Not worth the effort to find.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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