is dumb. Don't see it. I think the reason it was made was so that the costume designer and the set decorator could get an Oscar nomination. And that is no good reason to make a movie.
Costume Designer-"I'm so tired of just going to the Gap to find clothes for actors. Lets make a Victorian era movie, their clothes are so pretty and fun to make."
Producer1- Well, we can't make a jane Austen, those have been done, and those characters aren't wealthy enough. Shakespeare has been done as well as queen Elizabeth."
Producer2-" There is this story about a duchess who has a hard life, and designs her own dresses."
Producer1 "Yeah, that sounds pretty boring, I don't think it would sell."
2- "Maybe we could get Keira Knightley to do it! The kids really like her from those pirate movies."
1- "I don't know"
2- "We could throw in a lot of sex!"
1- "Hmm, yeah that might work. Lets do it."
So a couple of lessons from that movie are;
1. Everything was backward and goofy back then! Look at how Keira knightley is disrespected and underappreciated. Look at it! Look at it!
2. Keira was a smart, modern woman who believed in freedom. How dare she try to be happy with her life! She should just give up and let everybody else push her around. In the end, she stops trying to be happy, and the movie ends.
3. Its ok for her husband to rape her, because it accomplishes his purpose of getting a male heir.
The movie was so over-the-top outrageous that we expected some kind of miracle ending. But she just ends up going along with everything, including letting her husband marry his mistress that lived in the house and sat at the dinner table for a long time. She didn't change anything. For her, life was sucky and it sucked then she died. Too bad they couldn't have molded it with Kill Bill, where she takes a trip to Japan, gets a sword and learns to fight, then comes back on a blood soaked journey for revenge. That would have been a much better movie.
Like I said, it's just an excuse to make some pretty gowns, and maybe win an award for those gowns.
Please don't go see it.
It did win an Oscar for costume design.
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