The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.
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The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside. Although platonic due to Strachey's homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and complicated one. When Carrington did develop a more physical relationship with soldier Ralph Partridge, Strachey was able to welcome him as a friend, although Partridge remained somewhat uneasy, not so much with Strachey's sexual orientation as with the fact that he was a conscientious objector. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She had many lovers but only one love.


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Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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10 November 1995 (USA)  »

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A festőnő szerelmei  »

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$3,242,342 (USA)
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During the press tour for the movie, star Emma Thompson told reporters how she enjoyed doing nude scenes, particularly since she was not a standard Hollywood "hard-body". See more »

Quotes

Lytton Strachey: I tend to be impulsive in these matters like the time I asked Virginia Woolf to marry me.
Dora Carrington: She turned you down?
Lytton Strachey: No, she accepted. It was ghastly.
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Spoofed in Stiff Upper Lips (1998) See more »

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Adagio from 'String Quintet in C Major', D. 956, op. post. 163
Composed by Franz Schubert
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The bafflement of love
15 March 2006 | by (Bozeman, MT, USA) – See all my reviews

One thing regarding Christopher Hampton's film "Carrington" that bears noting for potential viewers is that previous knowledge is helpful. If you don't have any sort of idea who Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey are, or the avant-garde world in which they moved, then the movie will seem very obscure and disjointed.

Regarding the movie, it is odd and melancholic, but richly intelligent and rewarding, particularly with repeated viewings.The cinematography is attractive without being showy. Michael Nyman's score is haunting and uniquely beautiful.And the casting is perfect, particularly Jonathan Pryce as the ironic Bloomsbury butterfly Strachey, and Emma Thompson as the strangely alluring Carrington, who's heart beats fiercely with love for him, despite the fact that neither of them will ever be able to do anything about it.

My personal favorite scene is when they are sitting under the tree, and Carrington tells Lytton how she feels, and he understands.They are both so peaceful and content.


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