The DuchessDVD - 2008
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AnneDromeda Jan 14, 2011
If you like your lush historical melodramas, you'll more than likely enjoy this film. It focusses more on the Duchess' love of fashion than politics, but in the end the movie provides a gorgeous snapshot of a remarkable spirit.
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Violence: Severe bruises from a beating shown but the abuse itself is not shown. One scene of sexual rape.
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Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: [speaking about Charles Grey] We love each other.
Duke of Devonshire: I do not doubt it; he is a dreamer like yourself. You both dream of another world that does not exist, and never will.
Duke of Devonshire: This will be the mistake of your life.
Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire: No, I made that many years ago. I trust you can see yourself out.
Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire (to her husband): Of all the women in England, you had to throw yourself on her. I have never objected to any of your affairs. I have accepted whatever arrangement you have proposed. But this... I have one single thing of my own. Why couldn't you let me keep Elizabeth for myself? What kind of man are you? She is my sole comfort in our marriage. You have robbed me of my only friend. What is wrong with me?
[Georgiana pays a visit to Bess' room, where she's already in bed, to ascertain whether or not she enjoyed herself at the play. She sits down on the bed.]
Elizabeth "Bess" Foster: "I talked to Mr. Grey all evening."
Georgiana Spencer: "Oh, yes?"
Elizabeth "Bess" Foster : "He's in love with you."
Georgiana Spencer: "My dear Bess...No, he is not. Quite the reverse, I fear."
Elizabeth "Bess" Foster: "Well, can't you tell by the way he looks at you? Honestly, can't you tell?"
Georgiana Spencer: "Stop it."
Elizabeth "Bess" Foster: "Georgiana, intercourse is not just about offspring. In fact, it can be rather pleasurable."
Georgiana Spencer: "Yes, I know."
Elizabeth "Bess" Foster: "Close your eyes and try to envisage Grey opening your dress, kissing your back."
[Bess gets off the bed and comes around and sits behind Georgiana. She begins to slowly open Georgiana's robe, kissing her neck.]
Georgina: I fear I've done some things in life too late. And others too early.
"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! "
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