|The Duchess 2008|
|Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes as the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire|
I like both Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes but I wouldn't call myself a fan of either one. However, they both do an amazing job here as the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. If there was ever an illustration of the saying "money can't buy happiness" this story would be it! I think the servants looked happier than this pair.
|Domenic Cooper as Charles Grey (The future Earl Grey as in Earl Grey tea!)|
The chemistry between Kiera Knightley and Domenic Cooper as politician Charles Grey is electric. So is the chemistry between Kiera Knightley and Hayley Atwell as Bess Foster for that matter! This is certainly a different tale than Pride and Prejudice, which was the other film Kiera Knightley did at Chatsworth in Derbyshire England. Real life doesn't have the happy ending that novels do however.
|The famous fox outfit based on historical records from the Charles Fox Whig campaign|
The costumes are breathtaking. Georgiana was the Princess Di or Kate Middleton of her day. All eyes were on her for style and she may reasonably be called the first "celebrity", followed by media wherever she went. There is a great scene where the "paparazzi" of the day are furiously sketching her outfit before she disappeared into a social event.
|Charlotte Rampling as Georgaina's mother Lady Spencer|
|Hayley Atwell as Elizabeth Foster or Bess, the third person in the marriage|
|The Duchess and Charlotte, the Duke's illegitimate daughter on the grounds of Chatsworth|
Bess Foster: No, there aren't. No limits whatsoever.
"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!"
|Georgiana Cavendish, The Duchess of Devonshire|
Having just re-watched this last night, I can wholeheartedly recommend this for an evening's entertainment. Especially if you don't mind a good cry at the end.