FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OSCARS ROYALTY COURTS THE DUCHESS
Soundtrack Features Original Music by Academy Award® Winner Rachel
(September 15, 2008- Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release
the soundtrack for THE DUCHESS, available via iTunes and in stores on
September 16. The soundtrack contains original music composed by
Rachel Portman (Emma, The Cider House Rules). Academy Award® nominees
Keira Knightley (Atonement) and Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient,
Schindler’s List) head the international cast, which also includes
Dominic Cooper (The History Boys), and Charlotte Rampling (Swimming
Pool). The film is based on Amanda Foreman’s biography of Georgiana
Cavendish, the scandalous Duchess of Devonshire.
In 1996 Rachel Portman became the first female composer to win an
Academy Award® for her score to the film Emma. The British composer
studied at the University of Oxford. She earned the British Film
Institute’s Young Composer of the Year Award in 1989 for the mini-
series “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”.
After several years composing for TV movies and BBC series she scored
her first Hollywood feature film with 1992s Used People. Since then
she has composed music for a variety of films including The Joy Luck
Club, Benny & Joon, Emma, The Cider House Rules, The Legend of Bagger
Vance, Chocolat, and more recently Infamous, The Lake House, Mona Lisa
Smile, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
THE DUCHESS is based on the story of an extraordinary woman who rose
to fame by staying true to her passions in a world of protocol, gossip
and social rules – and paid the price.
Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire (Knightey)
was the original ‘it girl’. Like her direct descendant Princess
Diana, she was ravishing, glamorous, and adored by an entire country.
Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she
proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink, and outwit most of the
aristocratic men who surrounded her. But even as her own power and
popularity grew, she was haunted by the fact that the only man in
England she seemingly could not seduce was her very own husband, the
Duke (Fiennes). And when she tried to find her own way to be true to
her heart and loyal to her duty, the resulting controversies and
convoluted liaisons pushed her to the brink of risking banishment by
her husband, family and all of London society.
Paramount Vantage presents THE DUCHESS in theaters on September 19,
2008. THE DUCHESS original soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be
available via iTunes and in stores on September 16.
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