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Carrington -- Carrington is the true story of the tragic relationship between the English painter, Dora Carrington and writer, Lytton Strachey. Between the First World War and the early 1930's, they experimented with a way of life beyond the conventional standards of their time, a life which broke all the taboos of society of their desire to live as freely and honestly as they could. They acknowledged openly what most of us are aware of but still reluctant to discuss: that a great many differences can exist between spiritual love and physical desire.
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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Release Date:
10 November 1995 (USA) See more »
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 »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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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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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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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Drama, about love and suffering, 31 December 1999
Author: pendrell-2 ( from Sydney, Australia

This is possibly the best character study made in their last ten years. Taken from a biography of Lytton. This tells an emotionally complete tale of Dora Carrington and her love for Lytton. There is great drama here right from the start. Lytton is a homosexual writer who fancys young men. Dora is a painter who does not want to sleep with her "friend", because she believes its just for the physical (Which the film later shows to be true). Initially Dora is put off by Lytton (as is the viewer) but later as she says to him, She is burdened by one of the most self abasing loves for him. He also in turn loves her. But as he states they can do nothing about sleeping together. This is the contrast which is kept up throughout the whole film. All of Carringtons lovers physically love her body, and one of them even loves her (in a selfish way). But Lytton and Carrington love each other without sex, and their love is the strongest. As with the best Drama's, the character development never stops the whole way through. Each character is so well drawn and acted (Special credit must go to Emma Thompson and Jonathon Pryce, although the rest of the cast is also good) that you know how they are feeling even when it is not directly said or implemented. there is spoken and unspoken conflict in every scene. The two main characters are already in conflict while being in love. She loves him and he loves her but he is only attracted by men. Great drama manages to have conflict in every scene, and this one does. Great music from Micheal Nyman manages to capture the sentiments of this film especially well. So many more things could be said about the excellent narrative structure and lovely cinematography. But to be safe I will simply keep with my opening line. See Carrington. It does not pander to the audiences or ever become exploitational. It is a rare movie where the climax to the film is so fitting that you really can feel the emotion involved in these final frames. This is a film not to be missed.

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