3 thoughts on “The Devil’s Whore (2008) and New Worlds (2014)

  1. One of the things I liked about The Devil’s Whore was that Andrea Riseborough (who now seems to play exclusively hard-edged types) actually looked like a 17th-century portrait. Her hair, round cheeks, little mouth–paging Sir Peter Lely, we are ready for our sitting!
    The details on the men’s costumes, too, was especially good; my husband often complains that the men’s outfits are afterthoughts, but here, Capaldi’s King Charles wears copies of Van Dyck’s portrait clothes (look at Aileen Ribiero’s Fashion and Fiction for detailed analyses of his and Queen Henrietta Maria’s wardrobes), and for all levels of society the textures are terrific. In the earlier court scenes, gleaming satin and beautiful bobbin lace, and in the later fighting scenes, buff leather coats as far as the eye can see. And of course, John Simm.
    And I didn’t know there was a sequel–thanks for the alert! Eve Best played Dolley Madison on a lovely straight-to-camera style documentary; can’t remember the name of it, but it might be still out there on PBS-land.

    1. You’re right! Andrea Riseborough does look like someone in a 17th century portrait!
      I think she reminds me of one of Queen Mary’s portraits in her younger days.

  2. I just checked IMDB–it was called “Dolley Madison–America’s First Lady” and it’s on YouTube in its entirety!

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