The Chaperone



Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 12:45 PM
Film Info
Category:New Additions
Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:108 min.
Director:Michael Engler
Producer:Elizabeth McGovern
Rose Ganguzza
Kelly Carmichael
Greg Clark
Luca Scalisi
Screenwriter:Julian Fellowes
Cinematographer:Nick Remy Matthews
Editor:Sofia Subercaseaux
Cast:Haley Lu Richardson
Miranda Otto
Elizabeth McGovern
Campbell Scott
Blythe Danner
Victoria Hill
Géza Röhrig
Print Source:PBS
Note Writer:KD Davis


In this handsome period piece perfectly suited for cinephiles of all stripes, director Michael Engler (Downton Abbey, 30 Rock, Six Feet Under) and screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) bring a fascinating slice of pre-Hollywood history to light in a coming-of-age story centering on the relationship between the young, free-spirited and soon-to-be international screen starlet Louise Brooks (a riveting, high-intensity Haley Lu Richardson) and her tee-totalling chaperone (a wonderfully nuanced Elizabeth McGovern). On their journey from the conservative confines of Wichita Kansas to the flash and sizzle of New York City, both women are driven by a kindred desire for self-discovery and liberation from the past. Based on the book by Laura Moriarty and anchored by a superb supporting cast (Miranda Otto, Géza Röhrig, and Blythe Danner in a key cameo), The Chaperone is a sensitive, resonant, and illuminating tale of women’s lives in the early 20th century.

Additional Information

Michael Engler is an American theater director, and a Director's Guild of America and Emmy®-nominated television director and producer. He began directing TV episodes in the early 1990s, ranging from such hit network series as Sisters, My So-Called Life, Party of Five, and Chicago Hope. He broadened his résumé in the 2000s, working on such HBO shows as Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, and Deadwood (as well as multiple episodes of Tina Fey’s hit shows 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). In 2010, Engler signed on as executive producer and director on the Showtime program The Big C with Laura Linney. After helming several episodes of Downton Abbey’s sixth season, Engler has been tapped to direct the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the popular Masterpiece Theatre series, set for release in 2019. The Chaperone (2018) is his feature directorial debut.