Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Have you seen?

This is one of the things I treated myself to over Easter. It was the most amazing movie I have seen for a long time. It has had a profound and lasting effect...loved the story line, the costumes, the jewellery, the hair....the list goes on.What makes a good movie? For me it is one that gets me thinking way beyond viewing time, and The Duchess has an incredibly powerful story. I love a deep intense story line. And I found that here. Whilst I enjoyed the Marie Antoinette movie, the costume and decedent scenery, the story line didn't do it for me.

Interestingly the Duchess of Devonshire was friends with Marie Antoinette...having many parellels in their lives.

The Duchess of Devonshire's story was partly about women's in ground, ingrained and inherited need to please. And I recognised that this has journeyed down many generations. It gave me an understanding of where and why this need has come from. An element I am very aware of in my own personality. I also connected with the need for freedom and the bonds of motherhood....

So I am feeling inspired by the 1700's fashion, the piled up hair, feathers and flowers and the feminine strength that is within. Maybe some art around these themes to evolve.

Have you seen this movie? And what is your favourite part? Let me know if you feel a connection to this incredible portrayal....


Jacky said...

I havent seen this movie yet, but you have made me want to go out and get it to watch this weekend. Will let you know what I think.

Jacky xox

Linda said...

Hello Nic...glad you liked the film; I loved it too. It has special meaning for me because I live quite close to Chatsworth House (Georgiana and the Duke's home when they weren't in London)and I've visited there many times.
Chatsworth was used in the film - as was Kedleston Hall which is also close by.
Are you aware that the Duchess's life is being compared with Princess Diana's? There are many similarities (plus they are related).
By the way - I found you through my lovely friends Dot and Jacky (I'm doing a fabric circle journal with them.)
Best wishes

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Nic - As a result of reading this post, my husband and I watched this last night. Thanks very much for the recommendation - gorgeous visuals but it sure made me appreciate my life!