L'Anglaise et le Duc

An episodic look at Grace Elliott and Philippe, the Duke of Orleans, during the French Revolution.

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L'Anglaise et le Duc (The Lady and the Duke) DVD - 2001 film directed by Eric Rohmer.  During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.  An episodic look at Grace Elliott (1760-1823) and Philippe, the Duke of Orleans, during the French Revolution. In 1790, they are friends, no longer lovers. He suggests she leave France, she warns him to quit the Revolution. In 1792, she must escape Paris on foot. Less than a month later, she returns on an errand of mercy and shows great courage saving the governor of Tuileries. The Duke in turn steps in to protect Grace. In early 1793, she demands a promise from the Duke that he vote to spare Louis's life; he does not, and Grace is furious. In April, he warns her of a search; she is arrested and brought before the committee. Orleans, too, is suspect. The guillotine awaits. Stars Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Lucy Rusell and Alain Libolt. Rated PG-13, 125 minutes.

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