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L'anglaise et le duc

Éric Rohmer France, 2001

Renton47's rating of the film The Lady and the Duke

The period setting here has a stifling impact, seemingly too constrained by the accuracy of the time to let any air in. My problems weren't aesthetic, but why indulge the ostentatious exteriors then have so much of the film as chamber settings? I at least wanted to admire the perspective, the revolving politics, but so much was a chore, unevenly caught between experimenting and ossification.