The Lady and the Duke

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The Lady and the Duke
The Lady and the Duke FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Éric Rohmer
Release date
  • September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07) (France)
Running time
129 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $7.1 million[1]
Box office $778.000[2]

The Lady and the Duke (French: L'Anglaise et le Duc) is a 2001 feature film by French director Éric Rohmer. The film was inspired by Ma vie sous la révolution, the colourful memoirs of Grace Elliott, an Edinburgh-born royalist caught up in the political intrigue following the French Revolution.

According to a description of the film in The Guardian, Rohmer's "customary verbal sparring and complex intellectual arguments are spiced by lavish sets, suspenseful plotting and the continuous threat of violence."[3]



The film was criticised by many viewers in France because of its uncompromising presentation of revolutionary violence; some described it as reactionary or monarchist propaganda.[citation needed] Asked about this, Lucy Russell remarked: "There does seem to be a great problem, not just in France, but every country has problems facing up to the nasty parts of its history. But there's a reason it was called the Terror."[3]


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