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The Duchess

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Original title
The Duchess
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen (Book: Amanda Foreman)
Music
Rachel Portman
Cinematography
Gyula Pados
Cast
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Producer
Qwerty Films / Magnolia Mae Films. Distributed by Paramount Classics
Genre
Drama | Biography. Costume Drama. 18th Century
Synopsis / Plot
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who reviled for her extravagant political and personal lives. Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer (Keira Knightley), was the original "It Girl." Like her direct descendant Princess Diana, she was ravishing, glamorous and adored by an entire country. Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping changes to England as a leader of the forward-thinking Whig Party. But even as her power and popularity grew, she was haunted by the fact that the only man in England she seemingly could not seduce was her very own husband, the Duke (Ralph Fiennes). And when she tried to find her own way to be true to her heart and loyal to her duty, the resulting controversies and convoluted liaisons would leave all of London talking.
Awards
2008: Oscar: Best Costume Design. 2 Nominations
2008: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes)
2008: BAFTA Awards: Best Costume Design. Nominated for Best Make Up & Hair
2008: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): 3 Nominations incl. Best Actress (Knightley)
2009: European Film Awards: Nominated for Audience Award
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