25 thoughts on “WCW: Lindsay Duncan

  1. Love love love her! 2. Is it kosher to include her in 1996’s Midsummer Night’s Dream? A wonderful, bawdy film. 3. It’s not old enough, but she (and Broadbent and Goldblum) are terrific in a terrificly quirky film Le Weekend.

  2. PS: 4. Hadn’t heard of many of these films and delighted to be turned on to them! Thanks as always.

  3. Jane Digby is a genuine historical character who deserves a big-budget series to herself. Born into an aristocratic naval family, she married a Governor-General of India, was divorced amid great scandal after having an affair and two children with a Bohemian prince, then went abroad and had affairs and marriages with King Ludwig 1 of Bavaria; a Bavarian Baron; a Greek count; the King of Greece; a Greek general, a hero of the Greek war of independence; and finally married a Syrian sheikh 20 years younger than her, with whom she spent the last 28 years of her life, alternating between a goatskin-tent encampment in the desert and her palace in Damascus. She was a friend of the equally-scandalous Middle Easter traveller Sir Richard Burton and his wife. One of those people you couldn’t invent.

    1. She is fascinating. I wrote about Jane in Scandalous Women. I would love to see a big budget Netflix series about her. Mary Lovell’s biography about her is excellent.

  4. Not a Frock Flick, but she is THE BEST simmering, subtle, ruthless villainess in the British 1989 miniseries “Traffik”.

    The series is the 1st and best incarnation of the drug drama. NOT the movie versions nor the US miniseries. Check it out.

  5. I was lucky enough to see Lindsey Duncan and Alan Rickman in both Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Private Lives on Broadway.

    1. oh wow! I only saw them in Private Lives! She was stunning in it. You don’t realize how tiny she is until you see her in person.

    2. I tried to book for it when the play was announced for the RSC’s tiny studio theatre at the Barbican, but it sold out almost immediately.

  6. The photos of Lindsey and Alan Rickman were part of Deborah Harkness’ inspiration when she was creating the character of Ysabeau deClermont in “A Discovery of Witches”

  7. I have the curse she delivers to Polly Walker’s character at the end of “Rome”, it’s a pip and and a dandy and I aspire to use it one day

      1. not sure where I heard it, but It’s a lovely phrase to use…………….Dickens??

    1. Not entirely a Frock Flick, but I love her Ysabeau de Clermont in Discovery of Witches. I’ve seen the YouTube Les Liasions Dangereux and I want more of it. Ideal Husband is Great. She should play Lady Burton in a miniseries. Fiona Shaw’s portrayal in Mountains of the Moon whetted my appetite for more.

    1. Rickman and Duncan originated the roles, yet were passed over for the film as not box-office enough, one presumes.

  8. I regret that I didn’t go see her, Rickman and Fiona Shaw in John Gabriel Borkman in NYC…

  9. She was phenomenal in Rome. I was lucky enough to see her on Broadway in Private Lives and Midsummer, but it’s is one of my great regrets in life that I missed Les Liaisons Dangereuses – I’ve heard so many people talk about it as unforgettable.

  10. TBH, I first saw her in a Dr. Who episode (The Waters of Mars?). I had no idea who she was (shame!) but I really enjoyed her performance and I’ve watched her since. I loved her as Servilia. She was funny as Lady Tamplin (Poirot “The Blue Train”) and hysterical in Lost in Austen.

  11. I ADORE Lindsay Duncan!!!!! My favorite of her FrockFlick roles is Servilia in Rome. Hands-down. That said, I just KNOW that she and Alan Rickman KILLED IT on stage in Dangerous Liaisons. Also, can I just add as an honorable mention (in my heart, at least), her character from Under the Tuscan Sun? I know it that was a contemporary movie without any period flashbacks, and I haven’t seen in years, but I think her character purposefully dressed in ways that referred back to old Audrey Hepburn films. Whatever the case, she looked fabulous in that movie as she does in everything. Re: Mansfield Park–she did a good job in the dual roles of Mrs Price and Mrs. Bertram. And while I thought it was a very intriguing choice to highlight how poverty can drag down one’s looks while wealth can help to “prop up” one’s looks, I just kept getting pulled into the “gimmick” of the dual roles more so than anything else. She has such talent and presence. GREAT WCW choice!!

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