With Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent in the lead roles.
Last movie of Roger Michellethe director of Love at first sight in Notting Hillthe feature film The Duke is a story of love, of humanity but also of painting. Its plot takes place in 1961, when Kempton Bunton, a sixty-year-old taxi driver, steals Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He then sends ransom notes, threatening to return the painting only if the government gives free television access to the elderly. Adaptation of the true story which had agitated England from 1961 to 1965 (when Bunton had recognized the theft), this feature film tells how an inoffensive pensioner was seen wanted by all the police forces of Great Britain, accomplishing the first ( and unique) museum history flight.
To embody this story, Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren lend their features to Kempton Bunton and his wife, while Fionn Whitehead becomes the lawyer of the sexagenarian. A first trailer has been unveiled:
Dated for next April 20, The Duke will therefore be released posthumously for its director, disappeared in September 2021. The feature film puts an end to a significant career for English cinema, marked by numerous successes including Notting Hill holds the head, with The Mother and Morning Glory or Blackbird.
Love at first sight in Notting Hill mourns its director, Roger Michell is dead