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The Lady and the Duke Reviews

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February 14, 2007
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
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 15, 2005
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?
Read More | Original Score: A-
February 8, 2004
Rohmer's playful style is often good fun. And Russell is especially compelling. But honestly, it's fairly hard going.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 22, 2003
At 135-minutes, this stream-of-facts lecture trembles into the trenches of monotony without the detraction of technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2002
My problem with The Lady and the Duke is not Rohmer's ostensibly pro-Royalist politics, but his now reactionary aesthetics.
October 3, 2002
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.
September 27, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 3, 2002
Not only has Rohmer reinvented the costume drama with The Lady and the Duke, he makes the case that the genre is worth reinventing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 2, 2002
Rohmer makes a gracious, if occasionally tedious, effort to dress the French Revolution in digitally rendered scenes that bespeak the period perfectly.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 2, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2002
To the vast majority of more casual filmgoers, it will probably be a talky bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 27, 2002
Watching The Lady And The Duke is like looking at a really fine play.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2002
Nothing short of a technical marvel and a ravishing movie to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
Working from Elliott's memoir, Rohmer fashions the sort of delicate, articulate character- and- relationship study he's favored for decades.
July 26, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2002
The Lady and the Duke is a smart, romantic drama that dares to depict the French Revolution from the aristocrats' perspective.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
July 24, 2002
As visually arresting as it is distractingly odd
| Original Score: 5/10
July 20, 2002
I loved the look of this film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 6, 2002
Despite the film's shortcomings, it's still a solid effort and a thought-provoking look at idealism gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 30, 2002
A bold (and lovely) experiment that will almost certainly bore most audiences into their own brightly colored dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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