Things I Like: The Duchess (2008 Film)

The Duchess 2008 movie poster Keira Knightley Ralph Fiennes Dominic Cooper

I’ve been meaning to see The Duchess for quite some time now. I also noticed that Ralph Fiennes was in the movie, though most people know him better as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies. This movie is actually based on history, though on a Duchess who wasn’t really important to British history but well-known for her choices in life.

Ralph Fiennes Keira Knightley The Duchess 2008 movie

The movie begins with Georgiana Spencer marrying a duke named William Cavendish. At first she is somewhat happy with her marriage. However the Duke is not the perfect husband. They have very little in common, he doesn’t talk much with his wife, and Georgiana knows that she isn’t the only woman who frequents their bedroom.

Dominic Cooper Keira Knightley The Duchess 2008 movie

Georgiana despite her martial problems was quite the woman of her day. She was very political and a proud supporter of the Whig Party. Many also looked to her for what was the new fashion trend for English ladies. However her martial problems leads her to being in a secret relationship with Charles Grey, a Whig politician and a future Prime Minister of Great Britain.

The Duchess 2008 movie Keira Knightley

I have to admit, I liked The Duchess a bit more than I expected. The movie moves a bit slow, but I’d rather it did than for some movie producer to re-write history countless times. Georgiana Cavendish has quite the story, and that’s why she’s still remembered in history. It’s not the perfect film, but I think it’s fairly enjoyable.

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