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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

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Christopher Hampton' finally got to direct the script he'd been sitting on since 1976, but only because original helmer Mike Newell opted to direct Donnie Brasco (1997) instead. See more »

Quotes

Lady Ottoline Morrell: Well, how is the campaign proceeding?
Lytton Strachey: Campaign?
Lady Ottoline Morrell: The Carrington matter. I take it - you're still working on that.
Lytton Strachey: Really, Ottoli, must you put things quite so boldly. I prefer to think of myself as an educator, rather than as a...
Lady Ottoline Morrell: What?
Lytton Strachey: As a pimp.
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Adagio from 'String Quintet in C Major', D. 956, op. post. 163
Composed by Franz Schubert
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No, she accepted. It was ghastly.
25 September 2004 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

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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