The emergence of British composer Thomas Ad├Ęs was one of the exciting musical phenomena of the 1990s. This 1999 film is adapted from David Alden's stage direction for the original Almeida and Aldeburgh Festival productions and was originally shown on Britain's Channel Four. The settings offer splendid period detail, suggestive of faded elegance for the Dorchester Hotel suite where the aging Duchess has her flashbacks and of a bygone era's glitz.