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  • Summary: The true story of an aristocratic young Scottish woman, Mrs. Grace Elliot (Russell), trapped in Paris during the French Revolution.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
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  1. Rohmer's films are renowned for their beauty, so it's surprising that he made a picture using digital video rather than film. But this was the right choice.
  2. 90
    If you can forget the world-historic significance of the mass revolution that overthrew Europe's oldest absolute monarchy -- or rather, subsume it in the mysteries of personality -- The Lady and the Duke is the stuff of human interest.
  3. The technique is impressive. But it would count for little if the human story -- of a magnetic, resourceful, and, in the way of all Rohmer heroines, articulate woman who was mistress to the Duke of Orleans -- weren't engrossing on its own dramatic terms.
  4. Rohmer doesn't attempt to create any skepticism about Grace's perspective on her experiences; we are shown them as she saw them, and seeing is the real pleasure of The Lady and the Duke.
  5. The result is a galvanizing mix of intellectual discourse and guillotined heads.
  6. As always, conversation is the constant threading together Rohmer's stately pace and episodic structure, the thing he uses to show us who his characters are and what their friendship entails.
  7. 40
    A bold (and lovely) experiment that will almost certainly bore most audiences into their own brightly colored dreams.

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