The movie is actually based on the bestselling and Whitbread Prize winning book Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. The book about Georgiana began when Foreman was working on her Ph.D. thesis at Oxford and came upon a “cache of her letters” and then fell in love with her subject. She also served as historical adviser where she also gave the actors insight into the lives they were portraying.
The Devonshire estate of Chatsworth (above and below) was of course used in the movie which is also amusing since it was used as Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice also starring Kiera Knightley. Other scenes were filmed at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.
I know I am looking forward to learning more about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, the It Girl of her day. From the sounds of it, she could give Paris and Britney a run for their money! As the retired French diplomat Louis Dutens, who wrote a memoir of English society in the 1780s and 1790s said, “When she appeared, every eye was turned towards her; when absent, she was the subject of universal conversation.”
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I love a good historical biography. I have read this book but hadn’t heard of the film. Thanks for mentioning it. It will be on my must-see list.
If you like this sort of read, I recommend my favourite, “A Scandalous Life” by Mary S. Lovell. The subject – Jane Digby – had a fascinating life.
Who would replace her in current times?
Posh Spice? Who dost thou think?
Can’t wait for this one…are you going to the screening on Sept. 9th?
One of the very first presentations on Masterpiece Theatre was “The First Churchills” if you want the back story on the family. It is out on DVD. And last year I had my yard sale loveseat reupholstered in a gorgeous Romo fabric. It looks like it cost a mint instead of $30!
Anonymous – You know I don’t appreciate the silly comments and I will rethink meeting up with you again if you don’t stop.
Kristine – I definitely want to pick up the book and see the movie. They both look good!
PVE – Hmmm…good question. I’ll have to think about it.
Anonymous #2 – I hope to go to the advance screening as long as it doesn’t conflict with anything going on during fashion week.
Ms. Wis – I love Masterpiece Theatre but am not familiar with the Churchills. I will have to look for it.
Glad you also appreciate Romo. I think they are my new favorite fabric company!
I read the book three years ago and adored it. (It also got me a little hooked on Marie Antoinette bios…but that is for another post.) Cannot wait to see this film!! Thanks for the tease.
I’m so excited to see this!!
So excited about this–I love a good corset movie!
There is a stunning article [written by the author of the book the movie is based] in this month’s Vogue. Oddly, I just read it last night. Kiera is on the cover of course.
It’s long, but the end portion of the story is quite notable and made me cry.
check it out if you can
I had not heard about this movie and am so glad you featured it. It looks wonderful! I was not a Keira Knightley fan but thought she was fabulous in Atonement. I’m always in awe of the costumes and sets in these period movies. Thanks for the heads up.
The book was great — if the movie gets good reviews, I’ll go see it.
I only recently saw a trailer for this movie and am so excited, as I love British costume dramas. Can’t wait to see it! Thanks for all the gorgeous pics.
Thanks for the timely heads up. It’s nice to have another beautiful movie to look forward to. Did you enjoy Brideshead? Also – love, love, love the Romo fabrics!
i’m excited to see this now! even though i’m not a big fan of knightly.
Let us know how the movie turns out. I (regretfully) won’t make the screening.
“When she appeared, every eye was turned towards her; when absent, she was the subject of universal conversation.”
I wish I’d written that…