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Carrington (1995)

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The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sebastian Harcombe ... Roger Senhouse
Richard Clifford ... Clive Bell
David Ryall ... Mayor
Stephen Boxer ... Military Rep
Annabel Mullion ... Mary Hutchinson
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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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UK | France

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English

Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A festőnő szerelmei See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,242,342
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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: Semen. What is it about that ridiculous white secretion that pulls down the corners of an Englishman's mouth?
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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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High class and high quality.
1 September 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

Emma Thompson in a period piece--I would bet that's a pretty good movie, and 'Carrington' did not disappoint me. It concerns the unusual relationship of writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce) and painter Dora Carrington (Thompson) in their insular world of upper-class friends and other artists in England between the Great Wars. When we first meet Strachey he's a fastidious homosexual of thirty-six going on seventy-six. He mistakes Carrington, with her bobbed hair and masculine clothes, for a boy. Despite this inauspicious beginning, they soon find themselves fascinated with each other, then the fascination turns to love. Their non-sexual relationship endures in spite of her marriage, their other lovers and their lover's lovers. As the years go by, a flow chart might help out the viewer trying to remember who's who.

As you might surmise, this film is not for everyone. There are some who will dismiss the whole group as "immoral" or as an effete corps of impudent snobs, but we won't be that narrow- minded and judgemental, will we? If you allow yourself into 'Carrington's' world I think you'll find it rewarding. It's full of good actors but I believe its success is largely due to director Christopher Hampton's screenplay. It's a full two hour movie without the benefit of car chases, explosions or kickboxing matches, so it's a big plus to have something nice to look at for all that time. We can thank cinematographer Denis Lenoir and production designer Caroline Ames for that.


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