The Chaperone – Review

Elizabeth McGovern in The Chaperone. Photo by Karin Catt Courtesy of PBS Distribution

The prospect of a film about the iconic silent film star Louise Brooks was so tantalizing. The star with the sleek black bob and bold gaze was the most forward of the screen’s stars representing women breaking the social conventions in the Roaring ’20s.

The Chaperone is a tale of Louise Brooks at 16,as she is just beginning her path to stardom, which made The Chaperone seem irresistible. Yet, despite a fine cast led by Elizabeth McGovern and young Haley Lu Richardson plus a script by Julian Fellowes. The Chaperone falls short of that promise.

This PBS production reunites “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes and star Elizabeth McGovern in another period drama. Yet, directed by Michael Engler, in his first theatrical release after a long career in television, The Chaperone feels like a TV movie. Despite nice locations and pretty costumes,
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