The Lady and The Duke

  • The Lady and The Duke
  • Lucy Russell, Claude Dreyfuss
  • Directed by Eric Rohmer

The Lady and the Duke, a striking tale of intrigue set during the French Revolution, stars Lucy Russell as a Scottish aristocrat who uses her wiles on Philippe, Duke of Orleans (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), to further her own political and sexual agenda. Old master Eric Rohmer, 82, uses new tricks in the form of painted backdrops inserted digitally to create a virtual reality. Rohmer goes Lucas — who could have guessed?

From The Archives Issue 229: December 30, 1976