After watching "The Duchess" - the limitations of the times have created the sorrow of this woman with the characteristics of the new era

Larissa 2022-04-19 09:02:21

After watching this film, I have a lot to say but I don't know where to start. It's very depressing. Generally speaking, it is a woman with the characteristics of the new era who is bound by feudalism. The story takes place in the British upper-class bourgeois society at the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, an era when the right to vote was only held by a few nobles, an era when the right to vote for women and the vast majority of citizens was not recognized, and a time when the status of women began to decline for a long time. era. And the Duchess - Georgiana, a confident, independent, insightful, dignified, influential woman in social and fashion circles, is clearly "out of tune" with the larger environment, which also determines the tone of the film - -tragedy. The duke, the hero of the film, is a traditional "big man" who is not interested in politics but is obsessed with romantic affairs and heirs. As a man, he made his wife suffer and humiliated him: taking sex between husband and wife only as an obligation to conceive an heir, cheating on a maid in front of his wife, taking home his illegitimate daughter with a maid, political and social circles for no reason Embarrassing his wife by leaving the scene, becoming more indifferent when his wife didn’t have a son, openly approaching women in social situations, cheating on his wife’s best friend, raping his wife in marriage, living with his mistress’s wife for 25 years, threatening his wife with his mother-in-law and children, sending an extramarital affair to get pregnant The wife gave birth to a daughter in the country and sent it away... The Duke left Georgiana with only indifference and cruelty, and the only tenderness left to the son of two dogs and his mistress, a complete scumbag. But there is one point. The Duke saw 17-year-old Georgiana laughing freely in the yard and married her home. After the relationship with Georgiana broke down, he saw the children outside the window frolic and lamented their freedom. He himself was also ruled by a feudal monarchy. A product of repression, he is envious but helpless to Georgiana's tenacity in pursuit of freedom. What surprised me was that the Duke did not prevent Georgiana from participating in politics. She could go to public speeches and participate in conference discussions, but this also made the film more heavy. Because the British law in the 17th century declared that the legal status of married women was represented by their husbands, Georgiana has always been called the Duchess. She is only a symbol of the Duke and does not have any substantive rights. She has more incisive insights in the political circle. What's the use? Adds sadness. The emotional overtones to Georgiana's best friend are complex, and I think this character is a bitch in grief. Undoubtedly, she is Georgiana's sexual enlightenment educator. She taught Georgiana that sex can be happy, helped Georgiana muster the courage to pursue love, created opportunities for Georgiana to pursue true love, and accompany the girl who was sent to the countryside to give birth. Georgiana was expecting to give birth, she inspired her indulgence, she helped her at the turning point of her life, and she accompany her in the low point of her life, and this is precisely what shaped Georgiana’s rebellion. the point. But it is also an indisputable fact that she and the duke had an extramarital affair and the three lived together for 25 years. She wears revealing clothes in social occasions, which quickly caught the attention of the romantic duke and was approached. Georgiana went to communicate with her after finding out that her husband had approached her. A woman whose husband goes to strike up a conversation with her, how can you be at ease with her as a best friend and bring it home). She was domestically abused by her ex-husband and forced to be separated from her son. Only the Duke can help him out of the predicament, so she sold her body. In fact, without her, there will always be other women involved in this precarious marriage. The key is that she premeditatedly approached Georgiana and followed her home, and had an extramarital affair with the Duke to achieve her goal, deceiving Georgiana's emotions, so that she later had an affair with Georgiana. The good is the atonement, the limitations of the times, and the sorrow of women. Other than that, there are a few points that touch me very much. When Georgiana learned that her best friend had been raped, her first reaction was to use legal sanctions. With the rise of the idea of ​​the rule of law, some women may not be aware of this, but they still hope to have the courage and consciousness to protect themselves with the law. I really like Georgiana's self-confident appearance in the political and fashion circles, and the charm of women only. She is involved in political parties and has her own political opinions. She once criticized a person present for chanting empty slogans. The political figures in the film are fat, fat, and stout, which is closely related to the background at the time. The upper class indulged in banquets and other fun and social occasions, and used the name of political participation to cover up the truth of romantic affairs and naked satire. The women's clothes in the film are gorgeous, refined, elegant, soft, and feminine, with large tutu skirts, corset construction, lace trim, wide open necklines, and beautiful wigs. The movie began to have bed scenes, and when undressed, it was found that there were decorations such as hip pads and corsets that shaped female curves. There is a detail that the female protagonist's waist has been strangled with deep marks. Beauty is beauty, but beauty has to pay a price. The heroine claimed that wearing this kind of skirt is for women to express themselves. After being questioned by the Duke, she further emphasized that beauty is for self-expression. This idea is very modern. Women dress themselves to please themselves rather than to please the opposite sex, which was rare at that time. Because the popular clothing at that time was Rococo women's clothing, its popularity reflected the unshakable dominance of men in culture and even aesthetics in the 18th century. Its starting point was not women's love of beauty, but the flattery of men. An important figure in the formation of Rococo art was the mistress of Louis XV. She was good at attracting the attention of the king with the color matching of her clothes. Under her leadership, Rococo women's clothing gradually evolved into women to please men and win men in social activities. eyeball tool , dubbed "The Art of the Mistress". This also explains why I define the female protagonist's best friend as someone who is mean in misery and has a very open neckline. In terms of the background at the time, this level of nudity revealed her malicious intentions. Her husband cheated on her mother for help, and her mother advised her to be obedient and give birth to an heir to the duke to consolidate her position and maintain the honor of the family. Under the blow of her husband's indifference and dignity, after confirming her true love, Georgiana dared to tell her request to the Duke at the dinner table: I can fulfill you and your mistress, but I also want to pursue my love. When I saw this episode, my scalp was numb, and the society at that time had a lot of fun, but it directly showed that the rights of men and women in extramarital affairs should be the same, and the sense of equality was very strong, although it was not glorious. She challenged the duke's male dignity and suffered the pain of rape in marriage, but she still chose to go to love, leave her shell-like family, run for her lover's prime minister's speech everywhere and conceive her lover's child, she really dared to love. It is a pity that the film did not show Georgiana's rebellious spirit to the end, and finally returned to the fragmented family for the sake of the child, and returned to the fashion circle and social circle in the name of the Duchess. This process reflects the inequality between men and women in extramarital affairs. Men’s extramarital affairs are of course, no one cares; women’s extramarital affairs are condemned by the whole city, and their reputation is disgraced. Self-respect, self-confidence, daring to love, opinion, longing for freedom, and advocating the rule of law, Georgiana never got rid of the accessories - the name of Duchess, the limitations of the times created her tragedy. The child returned to the broken family, and returned to the fashion and social circles under the name of the Duchess. This process reflects the inequality between men and women in extramarital affairs. Men’s extramarital affairs are of course, no one cares; women’s extramarital affairs are condemned by the whole city, and their reputation is disgraced. Self-respect, self-confidence, daring to love, opinion, longing for freedom, and advocating the rule of law, Georgiana never got rid of the accessories - the name of Duchess, the limitations of the times created her tragedy. The child returned to the broken family, and returned to the fashion and social circles under the name of the Duchess. This process reflects the inequality between men and women in extramarital affairs. Men’s extramarital affairs are of course, no one cares; women’s extramarital affairs are condemned by the whole city, and their reputation is disgraced. Self-respect, self-confidence, daring to love, opinion, longing for freedom, and advocating the rule of law, Georgiana never got rid of the accessories - the name of Duchess, the limitations of the times created her tragedy.

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  • Gabe 2022-04-24 07:01:15

    I hardly knew it was Ralph Fiennes at the time. . . The plot is trivial.

  • Megane 2022-03-26 09:01:08

    The clothes are really gorgeous! The British aristocrats at that time were really gorgeous and splendid, accompanied by complexity and discomfort~ The Duchess's life since marriage made me want to commit suicide, but fortunately, she had a child with the person she loved, and the Duke did not block Gray~

The Duchess quotes

  • Duke of Devonshire: I don't make deals. Why would I? I'm in charge of it all.

  • Charles Fox: Today we have won the vote. Tomorrow we define the future.