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Effie Gray (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 October 2014 (UK)
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A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

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Polly Dartford ...
Sophie Gray
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William Holman Hunt
Sam Churchill ...
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Martin Keatman ...
Thomas Woolner
Chris Haggart ...
William Michael Rossetti
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James Collinson
George Laing ...
Frederic Stephens
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Wedding Minister
Peter Farr ...
Mr. Gray (Effie's Father)
Nicola Draffan ...
Mrs. Gray (Effie's Mother)
Tutu Jereissati ...
Flower Girl
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Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia "Effie" Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society... Written by L. Hamre

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Rated PG-13 for thematic and sexual content, and some nudity | See all certifications »
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The real Effie Gray was from Perth, Scotland. However, the film opted for an all English accent cast. See more »

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Effie Gray was married in 1848. In exterior shot, the train she then travels on is hauled by a locomotive of a design dating from 1934, consists of coaches dating from 1951 and is crossing a concrete viaduct the first of which was completed in 1898. See more »

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Featured in Effie Gray: Interview with Emma Thompson (2014) See more »

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Wiener-Gemueths-Waltz, Op.116
by Johann Strauss Sr. (as Johann Strauss (Father))
Performed by Thomas-Christian Ensemble
courtesy of Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm
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'The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.' - John Ruskin
24 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

EFFIE GRAY was strangely overlooked by the public despite a sterling cast enacting Emma Thompson's screenplay re-enacting the lives of the Victorians John Ruskin and is failed marriage to Effie Gray and the entry of romance between Effie and the brilliant Pre- Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. Perhaps the primary flaw in this little beautifully photographed period piece is Director Richard Laxton's sluggish pacing of the film – It does drag on forever, unnecessarily. (Laxton's other films include Burton and Taylor, River, and An Englishman in New York.)

The basis of the film is a true Victorian scandal of Effie Gray being the first woman to divorce her husband. In 1848 the 29-year-old art and architecture critic, author and painter John Ruskin (Greg Wise) married Euphemia 'Effie' Gray (Dakota Fanning), the beautiful 19-year-old daughter of family friends. After six increasingly unhappy years, Effie fell in love with her husband's protégé the famous Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) and set about having the marriage annulled. What reverberated then and now was that the reason given for ending the union was non- consummation. But what really snagged in the public consciousness was Ruskin's explanation of why he didn't fulfill his marital duties (was he gay, simply repulsed by the fact that Effie has pubic hair unlike the classical female figures of art, etc – questions that have not been answered). Effie struggles with John's overbearing parents (Julie Walters and David Suchet), found solace with the prominent Eastlakes (Emma Thompson and James Fox), a doctor (Robbie Coltrane), and one Travers Twist (Derek Jacobi).

The story is interesting, the characterizations excellent, the sets and scenery and costumes brilliant, and for a period piece this film is excellent. Audiences these days are simply more mature than to be 'shielded' form the facts of an unconsummated marriage and more emphasis could have been given to the fact the Effie was an early women's rights activist.


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