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Doris Duke was the quintessential poor little rich girl, when at a young age,her millionaire father died,bypassing his wife, and leaving his entire fortune to his only heir,his daughter Doris.The opening credits of BERNARD AND DORIS flit by with newspaper headlines with the highlights of Doris growing up,marrying and divorcing numerous times,bailing Imelda Marcos out of jail for $5M,and news of her fortune growing and growing and growing.
Opening scene has Ms.Duke (a very sassy and played to perfection by Susan Sarandon!)casually dismissing her butler because "the cantaloupe is TOO cold"...and there it is!...get ready for a rough and interesting ride ahead that will cover the last years of this world class diva when she hires her new butler,Bernard Lafferty (a role chiseled for Ralph Fiennes) and the "unique" relationship that they forge against all sound advice. As only Bob Balaban could put such a humorous and touchingly ironic film together (I suppose after working so closely with the Christopher Guest gang lo these past years!Christopher Guest Collection (A Mighty Wind / Best in Show / Waiting for Guffman)), BERNARD AND DORIS takes two people ,totally from different walks in life,but believe in a common destiny and purpose and plan to this thing called life.
Sarandon and Fiennes are CONSUMMATE pros in this duet of oddness, and both show phenomenal expression and depth to their characters.Read more ›
Based around the late history of tobacco heiress Doris Duke (here played beautifully by Susan Sarandon, In the Valley of Elah) and her close relationship with butler Bernard Lafferty (the phenomenal Ralph Fiennes, In Bruges), the film is a fictional take on the pair's relationship. Although no one knows what really happened between them, it is obvious that a friendship of unique qualities emerged. And Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon are to be complimented on their astounding performances. Particularly Mr. Fiennes, who seems to turn every role he touches into gold (he did this, too, with his portrayal of The Duke of Devonshire in The Duchess). That Ms. Duke left millions of dollars under the stewardship of Mr. Lafferty after her death is a documented fact, proving that she trusted him implicitly (Ms. Duke was a very savvy businesswoman).
Some might think that sex had a part to play in it, but that would be a fools mistake because Mr. Lafferty was gay. And Ralph Fiennes plays the part of an early homosexual with perfect subtlety. His blossoming occurs under the keen eye of Doris, and the two give each other what they both need: companionship. It is a touching moment when Doris -- in a flustered state -- yells as Bernard and asks him, "What do you want from me?!Read more ›
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and wanted to own it since I haven't seen it played on cable again for quite a while. Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. E. Mcgrath
Very tight script, expert character development, true story which unfolds beautifully. Saw it once on TV and knowing it is one of those I want to see more than once or twice, I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alberta Camus
received and watched it today...both versions are great..the other version i prefer over this one but, enjoyed both...i finally own one now...i give a five starsPublished 6 months ago by Sue A. LaPage
I loved this quirky movie about Doris who was somewhat of a Katherine Hepburn of her time. Her butler Bernard was a hoot! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Susan D. Roberts
After reading 2 or 3 books on Doris Duke it DID NOT meet my expectations...I found Susan Sarandan not to look like the real Doris Duke at all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by christine kauppinen
In all honesty I bought this book for a friend and have no idea of the contents or who Bernard and Doris are (ignorance on my part). Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Pepoon