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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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Sophie Gray
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Tom Herriott ...
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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Elle Fanning, the real-life younger sister of Dakota Fanning, was initially supposed to play Sophie Gray. However, she had to be recast because she grew four inches taller than her sister. See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

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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Not your average pc produced plot.....
14 April 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

and definitely lacking in the shoot-em-up, bawdy gratuitous sex scenes and Hollywood hype. This is not a film for the usual popcorn viewing brigade. Firstly, it is not (to it's enormous credit) a Hollywood produced film or even a big business film. It is privately funded and produced. Now, viewers will find this very hard to believe, for the excellence of scenery, costumes,attention to detail and cast role would certainly infer my earlier statements to be incorrect. Additionally, superb cinematography and scene placement produce sumptuous delights for the eyes.

Furthermore, Emma Thompson's script is a lesson on period dialogue given clarity and flow to a modern generation.

This is a film that demands your attention but will not pander to it. If you are not willing to give your mind and heart to it, don't blame the film. It's subtleties and nuances are exquisitely and delicately portrayed and I could find no area of the acting which in any way displeased me.On the contrary.

Now I will grant that I'm an old guy and that I can remember in my childhood echoes of Edwardian-like darkened rooms and repressively collaborative furnishings, so there were echoes in the film I recognised that many a viewer today would not find relevant (hence, perhaps, some of the comments on this board).

But...and it's a pretty big BUT....to describe this film as anything less than superb, a masterpiece, a true pageant of excellence in every department...and done without major company backing...would be a gross misrepresentation of film making.

So, take that Hollywood!! Bam! Klash! Kaboom! So take that all you bigmoney film orgs! Kaboom. Good, indeed superb, films can be made without enormous expenditure and excessive hype. This is one of them.(but don't watch it if you only want to defend Ruskin or suppress the indomitable spirit of womanhood).


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