The Duchess

1 h 52 min  |  Drama  |  Release Date: 27.2.2009

Beneath Georgiana's glamorous façade lay an intelligent, vulnerable woman stranded in a loveless marriage to the Duke, one of the richest men in England. Frustrated by the limitations imposed on her by virtue of her sex and her class, she rebelled, entering into an intense relationship with the beautiful Bess Foster, thereby upsetting the cool balance of her marriage to the Duke and leading to a complex ménage-a-trois. Georgiana's rebellion extended to the public sphere where she tore down the conventions, becoming a political campaigner for the liberal party and galvanising the nation. In so doing she fell in love with Charles Grey, the future Prime Minister, finally discovering the meaning of true love. But could true love survive the strictures of the Duke, of Bess and of Society - the pressures of marriage and motherhood, of friendship and loyalty, of class and celebrity? What followed was tragic, but Georgiana's unquenchable spirit sustained her and, unlike Diana, she ultimately found peace...

Directed by: Saul Dibb

Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rambling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell

    

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