DVD - 2001
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The life of Dora Carrington, the Victorian Era painter whose passionate life created one of England's greatest scandals. Unable to possess the one man she loves, Lytton Strachey, Carrington embarks on a long string of loveless sexual encounters.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, [2001]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780792851745
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 2 hr., 2 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 22, 2017

The highly unorthodox yet deeply felt love affair between promising young artist Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) and the acerbic though congenial gay author Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce) forms the basis of writer/director Christopher Hampton’s beautifully realized biopic. Set in a post-Edwardian landscape of colourful country cottages and idle rich with the ravages of war reduced to the occasional explosion echoing faintly across the channel, Hampton’s biography skips over the minutiae of Carrington’s life (her lesbian leanings for one) to concentrate instead on the relationship between his flawed but gifted protagonists—their lovingly frank banter and intimate confessions taking place against a backdrop of changing mores and short-term dalliances. Strachey was the rock to which Carrington tethered herself, a fact that became more apparent as the years passed and both matured in age if not outlook. A bit bigger than life in parts as befits its characters, Hampton nevertheless manages to hold the reins steady by balancing his film’s many lyrical passages with doses of candour and wit while his two stars completely immerse themselves in their roles, especially Pryce whose portrayal of the quietly effacing author earned him a BAFTA nomination. Passionate, moving, and almost achingly beautiful.

Mar 09, 2014

This could be called "The Romantic Trials of Dora Carrington." Carrington, a talented artist (some of her amazing paintings are shown during the closing credits), refuses the physical attentions of a suitor because, as explained in interviews in the DVD's extras, she was born during the Victorian era. Later, she connects with a gay writer several years older than she is and in poor health, and takes on several lovers. Interviews in DVD extras comment that her story gives a new sense of marriage in a positive/open way, but Carrington doesn't always enjoy the act, and the relationship most precious to her is with the gay writer. She marries and has sex with a man only because of her love for the writer. A tedious movie.


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