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  1. Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Steeped in melancholy and with a central dance almost as complex as the quadrilles on screen - but far more perverse - between attraction and repulsion, social conventions and desire, the subtle and the brazen, yearning and frustration.

  2. internisus's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    2 1/2 stars. An unconvincing romance spoiled by games of status and pride. Tedious and unmoving.

  3. Warren Spratley's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

  4. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Rivette takes material that very well could be grand and epic and instead makes it into a rather intimate character piece, resulting in a rather rewarding and patient film.

  5. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Let's play a lovegame, play a lovegame Do you want love, or you want fame

  6. Kenneth Gentry's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    "I see that all is false in earth."

  7. Nick Gaetano's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    love the opening church_visually_pretty unbearable after that_tedious followed by tedious_goes nowhere and i don't care

  8. susi's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    the creaking of the floors and the precise depiction of excruciating restraint alone make this film the masterpiece that it is. oh, and balzac! wicked bad.

  9. Loz Loory's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    2.5 Far too long, especially as neither of the main characters is likeable, and we already know how the story ends. Quite a lot of onscreen dead space while we listen to creaking floorboards. The brief flash of the 1802 novel "Delphine" reminds one that the author, Germaine de Stael, would make a far more interesting subject. Exiled by Napoleon, de Stael advocated for the freedom of aristocratic women to divorce.

  10. FISCHER's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    A priori, on serait évidemment tenté de penser que cent-trente-sept minutes de film costumé, plus est du Balzac d'époque, pourrait s'avérer mortellement ennuyeux, voire d'un introuvable intérêt narratif ou cinématographique. Nenni, les amis, c'est plutôt lumineusement brillant, d'une désarmante finesse introspective et d'un subtil jeu d'acteurs souvent impeccable. www.cinefiches.com

  11. misu's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

  12. Francisco R.'s rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Guillaume is terrifying here. It's really a shame he left us so soon.

  13. chveys's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Un film magnifique avec une Jeanne Balibar sublime. Sa magie donne envie de lire l'ouvrage de Balzac.

  14. H.L.'s rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Most beautiful film I have seen since 2007.

  15. David Ehrenstein's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Back in the late 40's Max Ophuls planned a film of this Balzac novelle starring (wait for it!) Greta Garbo. He even had James Wong Howe shoot screen tests of the goddess. But he couldn't get anyone interested so she went back into retirement and he went to France ot make "La Ronde," "Le Plaisir," " Madame de. . ." and "Lola Montes."

  16. Justin Vicari's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    The work of a Master. Rivette and Balibar (in an amazing performance) tease out the virgin coquette's contradictions without cheating any of her complexities. Rivette eschews the purple of the book but clarifies its relation to 2 of his own themes: the Great Love that cannot be begun or ended; and private spaces which restore personal sanity even while replicating the maddening demands of society as in a mirror.

  17. lina maj's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    I have only seen Jeanne Balibar in “Va Savoir” before, but it feels like she was born for the role of Antoinette de Navarreins - the hairdoes, the dresses, the flirtatiousness and the suffering suited her perfectly!

  18. Black Irish's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    On one level, a variation on La Belle et la Bete where Depardieu is both a human and beastial Marais and Balibar is Maria Cesares as Antoinette de Langeais. Yet also a Lubitsch romance under the gaze of Lang. Protagonists constantly seen walking though doors but never into, or out of, bed, while games which disguised their motives ultimately reveal their obsessions and "the pace that kills along the road to ruin."

  19. tidal waif's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    if you already hate books, do not watch this, you will hate them even more. every excellentlyl-done "anti" campaign is initially planned as a well-intended promotion. and this looks like an anti-balzac campaign.

  20. vincentbergerond@gmail.com's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais

    Reminded me of that Bergman quote in Passion of Anna, "I accepted the humiliation..." Stay away from this kind of woman, only bad experiences can happen. I try to get away after the first mean sentence if I spot one.

  21. Josh Tierney's rating of the film The Duchess of Langeais