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First Look: The Duchess Starring Keira Knightley

I fully believe that Keira Knightley is well-suited for period pieces, and I certainly have faith in her ability to play a controversial historical figure, as is the focus of period drama The Duchess. Yet I wonder if Keira herself will be enough to make this movie better than just your average ho-hum period piece, as today's teaser trailer doesn't seem to stretch much beyond ordinary stuff.

This new teaser trailer for the fall 2008 release is itself rather average. There's a big reveal of the Duchess of Devonshire (Knightley), some alluding to bearing an heir and then an impassioned line from the Duchess about not wanting to battle her heart, before the brief glimpse of a love scene. So far, it's no Atonement, but I'll be curious to watch a full-length trailer when that comes out.

To check out the teaser trailer for The Duchess and tell me what you think,


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ExCape ExCape 9 years
I'm looking forward to see this movie! Love Keira Knightley.
opheliadrowning opheliadrowning 9 years
Eh, I might watch it because I love Ralph Fiennes, but I always feel like Keira Knightley's trademark acting move is to emote through her teeth.
zillah zillah 9 years
domino was cool...
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 9 years
Meh.. looks like nothing special.
emma- emma- 9 years
FashionParty FashionParty 9 years
Sorry pargie, I meant that I prefer Kiera playing a Marie Antoinette character instead of Kirsten Dunst.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
Actually, it doesn't look that romantic to me. It looks like there is romance in the movie, but that the romance is the cause of something much more sinister. More like a suspenseful drama with romance being the tragic flaw of the heroine. Not very sappy if you ask me, kinda scary though.
febe febe 9 years
its another romantic-sappy movie. dont get me wrong i love romantic movies, but so far i am hoping that there's more structure to the story, than just looking for your love or what ever the movie is trying to go for. it's still fresh so i am hoping for the best. :)
pargie pargie 9 years
I saw that movie The Hole, it was kind of creepy. FashionParty, I can't believe you said that I loved Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette.
FashionParty FashionParty 9 years
You know, I think I prefer her as Marie Antoinette instead of Spider girl Kirsten Dunst. Love those costumes and I love period pieces when done right.
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 9 years
There's some potential here, but it's too early to tell, I think. I'll still check it out. I like period pieces and Keira, so unless this movie is awful I'll probably like it, too.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i absolutely adore keira - but aside from a handful of movies, all she does are period peices. she's well suited for them, and she does well getting into character - but i wonder sometimes who's decision it is to do that - does she love those or are they what's offered most?
tinsleystyle tinsleystyle 9 years
Bend It Like Beckham was pretty good
so-crispy so-crispy 9 years
i love keira's period pieces, but i wonder if she's even capable of carrying a movie with a present-day setting.
xosugar xosugar 9 years
Love Keira, love period pieces, just wish that for once she'd stretch her limits and try to do something different than get into an era-inspired dress. I think she has so much potential--and she gets great results, don't get me wrong--but I'd like to see her in a big movie (with her as the lead female--not like "Love Actually") with a modern day setting. And she could keep doing the period pieces too, there's nothing horrible about that :)
outofhere outofhere 9 years
looks good to me - I love period pieces.
nimue nimue 9 years
it could be good
kersalli kersalli 9 years
She is always doing Period films. The only one I can think of that was set in modern times was The Jacket (and The Hole but that never really came out here).
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I don't like that girl she annoys me and I don't like those "era" films she always does.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
she always plays those antique/Victorian fashioned clothing.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
it has potential. whatever that means. lol.
dannysf dannysf 9 years
hmmm, could be good!
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