The Governess (1998) short review


I had such HOPES for this film (I love Minnie Driver), but they just didn’t pan out! Driver plays a Jewish girl in mid-19th century England who conceals her identity in order to become a governess to a middle class family in the country, and develops interesting relationships with the son and father. The costumes are interesting, but totally inaccurate — lots of weird fetish-y leather (on a GOVERNESS?) etc.


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

One Response

  1. Michael L. McQuown

    The meat of the story is the fact that the governess does most of the creative work developing a photographic device, but the father takes all the credit. Both class- and sex-tyranny.