The Duchess (2008)

Director
Saul Dibb

Main cast
Keira Knightley; Ralph Fiennes; Aidan McArdle; Simon McBurney; Charlotte Rampling

Genres
Drama, History, Romance

Description
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.


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