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Carrington -- The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside...


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She had many lovers but only one love.
The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emma Thompson ... Dora Carrington

Jonathan Pryce ... Lytton Strachey

Steven Waddington ... Ralph Partridge

Samuel West ... Gerald Brenan

Rufus Sewell ... Mark Gertler

Penelope Wilton ... Lady Ottoline Morrell

Janet McTeer ... Vanessa Bell
Peter Blythe ... Phillip Morrell

Jeremy Northam ... Beacus Penrose

Alex Kingston ... Frances Partridge
Sebastian Harcombe ... Roger Senhouse

Richard Clifford ... Clive Bell

David Ryall ... Mayor

Stephen Boxer ... Military Rep

Annabel Mullion ... Mary Hutchinson
Gary Turner ... Duncan Grant
Georgiana Dacombe ... Marjorie Gertler
Helen Blatch ... Nurse
Neville Phillips ... Court Usher
Christopher Birch ... Dr. Starkey Smith
Daniel Betts ... Porter
Simon Bye ... Fly Driver
Marzio Idoni ... Gondolier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eva Gray ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Hampton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Hampton 
Michael Holroyd  book

Produced by
Francis Boespflug .... executive producer
Philippe Carcassonne .... executive producer
John McGrath .... producer
Ronald Shedlo .... producer
Chris Thompson .... associate producer
Fabienne Vonier .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
Cinematography by
Denis Lenoir 
Film Editing by
George Akers 
Production Design by
Caroline Amies 
Art Direction by
Frank Walsh 
Costume Design by
Penny Rose 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... hair stylist (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Christine Beveridge .... makeup artist (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Elaine Davis .... hair stylist
Elaine Davis .... makeup artist
Norma Webb .... hair stylist
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rosanna Roditi .... production manager: Italy
Chloe Sizer .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... third assistant director
Guido Cerasuolo .... second assistant director: Italy
Tim Lewis .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Adams .... construction run-around
Brian Aldridge .... dressing props
Robert Betts .... painter (as Lee Betts)
Dennis Bosher .... draughtsman
Roger Bowles .... draughtsman
Alan Chesters .... construction manager
Leigh Chesters .... trainee carpenter
Susanna Codognato .... art department: Italy
Ciaran Donnelly .... carpenter
Judy Ducker .... production buyer
Martin Duffy .... chargehand carpenter
Peter Duffy .... carpenter
Brian Eke .... carpenter
Christopher Evans .... decorative artist
Davide Fadda .... art department laborer: Italy
Nick Ferguson .... pastiche artist
Jim Foran .... construction supervisor
Barry Gibbs .... property master
Jane Gifford .... pastiche artist
Claire Grainger .... design assistant
Fred Gray .... pastiche artist
David Gruar .... stagehand
Michael Gunner .... chargehand painter
Rebecca Holmes .... design assistant
Simon Hutchings .... painter
Gary Ixer .... stand-by propman
Matt James .... painter
Malcolm Keen .... painter
David Ned Kelly .... stand-by carpenter
J.A. Lenman .... painter
David Mears .... painter
Martin O'Connor .... props run-around
Graham Osten-Lee .... carpenter
Darryl Patterson .... storeman
Brian Rielly .... painter
Nicky Risso-Gill .... draughtsman
Raffaele Scarpa .... art department laborer: Italy
Andy Semple .... assistant art director (as Andrew Semple)
Bob Sherwood .... stand-by props
Mike Sotheran .... painter
Jim Stanes .... graphic artist
Alison Stewart-Richardson .... design assistant
Warren Stickley .... dressing props
Terry Weaver .... painter
Michael Webb .... stagehand
Darryl Paterson .... props storeman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jason Adams .... assistant sound editor
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer (as Edward Colyer)
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Ellis .... assistant sound editor
Peter Lindsay .... sound mixer
Dennis McTaggart .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Mervyn Moore .... boom operator
Zivi Ronen .... sound room trainee
Jupiter Sen .... adr editor
Jupiter Sen .... foley editor
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Beenham .... rigger
Regis Benedettelli .... labourer grip: Italy
Flavio Bertini .... generator operator: Italy
Stefano Biscaro .... grip: Italy
Neil Carr .... chargehand rigger
Luca Casagrande .... labourer electrician: Italy
Tommaso Dabala .... electrician: Italy
Martin Evans .... best boy
Kevin Fraser .... grip
Jill Furmanovsky .... still photographer
Dario Gardi .... electrician: Italy
Darren Gatrell .... electrician
Fred Harris .... camera operator
Fred Harris .... grip
Pam Hegerty .... rigger
Pascal Lagriffoul .... focus puller
Luis Lazo .... still photographer
Reg Lockwood .... rigger
David Morani .... gaffer
Tim Murphy .... rigger
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Xandy Sahla .... assistant camera (as Alex Sahla)
Virginie Saint-Martin .... clapper loader (as Virginie St. Martin)
Michael Seymour .... rigger
Steven Spud Slater .... rigger
Michele Turchetto .... grip: Italy
Al Watson .... generator operator
Paul Wells .... electrician
Andrea Chiozzotto .... electrician: Venice (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... wardrobe mistress
Kirsten Hecktermann .... assistant costume designer
Loredana Nicolao .... seamstress: Italy
Adrian Simmons .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
James Marsh .... first assistant editor
Bridgette Williams .... cutting room trainee (as Bridgette Corbett)
Paul Ensby .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Beaven .... unit driver
Jed Bray .... unit driver
Dave Carpenter .... makeup bus driver
Tom Daly .... driver: honeywagon
Alfio Galli .... transport: Italy
Fred Harris .... truck driver
Enyo Mortty .... unit driver
Gary Palmer .... dining bus driver
Tony Redman .... unit driver
Sid Romain .... driver: minibus
Brett Walker .... motorhome driver
Simon Walker .... motorhome driver
Tony Walker .... driver: construction department
Ian Weatherly .... wardrobe driver
Ian Young .... roadtrain driver
Other crew
Patricia Barr .... unit nurse
Tor Belfrage .... assistant: Mr. Hampton
Tim Bricknell .... production runner
Furio Buranella .... craft service: Italy
John Clifford .... stand-in: Mr. Pryce
Nick Daubeny .... location manager
Michelle Davies .... floor runner
Dominique De Langes .... production assistant: Italy
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Daniela Foà .... crowd marshall: Italy
John L. Hargreaves .... production consultant
William Hobbs .... fight arranger
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Bobbie Johnson .... production accountant
Deborah Leakey .... assistant accountant
Annie Livings .... stand-in: Miss Thompson
Tamara Morris .... caterer
Richard Moxon .... legal advisor
Tori Parry .... production coordinator
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Ann Runeckles .... assistant: Mr. Shedlo
Chloe Sizer .... assistant: Mr. McGrath
Reshad D. Somauroo .... production trainee
Mark Somner .... location assistant
Fabio Vianello .... production runner: Italy
Mark Waddell .... film grading
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Ron Watkins .... location liaison (as Ronnie Watkins)
Tony Tucker .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Frank Bloom .... special thanks
Susie Brown .... special thanks
Joanna Carrington .... special thanks
Harvey Edgington .... special thanks
Teresa Grimes .... special thanks
Philippe Hartmann .... special thanks
Roger Heath .... special thanks
Jane Hill .... special thanks
Janet Ibbotson .... special thanks
Phil Joanou .... special thanks
Barry Krost .... special thanks
Mike Newell .... special thanks
Aline Perry .... special thanks
Bill Stephens .... special thanks
Stewart Till .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality and language
121 min
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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 »
Dora Carrington:[voice-over, a letter] My dearest Lytton, There is a great deal to say, and I feel very incompetent to write it today. You see, I knew there was nothing really to hope for from you, well, ever since the beginning. All these years, I have known all along that my life with you was limited...
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No, she accepted. It was ghastly., 25 September 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

I would like to go back for a moment and dig deeper into the idea of full circle. I caught this idea as I was watching this film, and I thought it was amazing the way the director showed this transition. The first person, outside of Lytton, that Carrington falls for is a man who is only interested in a physical relationship. Although she claims she is not interested in him sexually, it is at this time in Carrington's life, she is interested in a man's mind, not what is under his pants. She breaks off this relationship to live with Lytton, a man who can give her the intellect that she desires. As Carrington grows older, she finds comfort in physical relationships. In fact, the majority of this film is about physical relationships. Carrington is never hesitant to jump into the arms of another man. A part of me thinks that she is constantly trying to find another Lytton out there, but there is another part of me that says that she was just trying to get the physical from men, because she had the perfect man at home (Lytton of course). So after being with a man that only wants to have a physical relationship, she jumps into the arms of a soldier. One that is great with the physical, amazing towards Lytton, and perfect for Carrington. As this comes to a surprising end, we see her jump into a relationship that was purely sexual. There was no interaction between the two except for when they were on his boat having sex.

Carrington experiences the best sex of her life with this man, but it again ... much like the others ... comes to a complete halt when he tells her that he is not really interested in her sexually. Odd, isn't how this films started with Carrington and her first boyfriend. We have come full circle.

If we were to look at this film in a symmetrical angle, we would notice a circle outside with Lytton in the direct center of this circle. The circle would represent Carrington's life. All around the circle would be the men that she has been with, while Lytton would be her stability point. All throughout her encounters with other men she always is able to find comfort with her center figure ... Lytton. If you watch this film closely, you will notice that there is only one point in the movie where Carrington goes outside the circle. It is when she is having a party at her house. Carrington goes outside only to sit down on a stump that happens to be facing the house. She is able to see all the windows in the house, and all of her past lovers with their new ones. Even Lytton with his new boyfriend.

This is the moment that we see Carrington thinking about her life. Seeing what she has been a part of, and watching it somewhat crumble down. This is her only moment outside of the circle that she has built. Lytton is the foundation to this circle, and it is obvious that without Lytton everything around Carrington must crumble as well.

That my friends, is how you build a love story.

Grade: *** out of *****

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