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Carrington [VHS] [1995]

Emma Thompson , Jonathan Pryce , Christopher Hampton    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Samuel West, Rufus Sewell
  • Directors: Christopher Hampton
  • Writers: Christopher Hampton, Michael Holroyd
  • Producers: Chris Thompson, Fabienne Vonier, Francis Boespflug, John McGrath, Philippe Carcassonne
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Polygram
  • VHS Release Date: 2 April 2001
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RS1L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The story of Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson), the beautiful but unhappy English painter, and her relationship with writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce). In the years after World War One the couple experimented with their relationship by breaking all the taboos of old England, as they struggled to live as freely and honestly as was possible.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Odd Couple 21 Jan 2011
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Not sure that this 1995 film is correctly titled, as it is as much about Lytton Strachey as it is about Dora Carrington. Indeed, Christopher Hampton's screenplay recognises this by stating it is based on Michael Holroyd's biography of Strachey. As expected, both Emma Thompson as Carrington and Jonathan Pryce as Strachey manage to infuse their roles with pathos and credibility. Carrington is played as the nave but also playful artist; Strachey as the self-centred gay man of letters.

The film is split into six parts with the first seeing them meet for the first time in the Sussex of 1915, when Strachey mistakes Carrington for a boy. The second part, whilst focusing on Carrington's relationship with the anxious and virile artist Gertler (played by a young Rufus Sewell), also sees the growth of the relationship between the two main players, Carrington telling Strachey that she loves being with him as he is "so cold and wise".

Life after the Great War is portrayed in part three with the arrival on their scene of the less anxious but equally virile Rex Partridge (Steven Waddington), fresh from the military life. He proves a muse to both man and woman. The arrival of another man into their lives, the studious and quiet Gerald Brenan (Samuel West), is the main focal point of part four, but throughout Carrington remains loyal emotionally to Strachey, a loyalty possessed even to death.

The large detached property known as Ham Spray House provides the centre of part five, where Carrington, Strachey, and Partridge attach themselves to new loves; Beacus (Jeremy Northam), Roger Senhouse, and Frances Marshall respectively. The final part witnesses ... Well, for those who know, they know, but for those who do not, it would be unfair to give the game away.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the most touching and yet intelligent films I have seen in a long time. The posibility of loving more than one person is very delicately explored, wihtout offending anyone.The scenery is gorgeous as are the interpretations of the characters by the actors, especially Emma Thompson. This film explores the human mind and heart and its reactions and various expressions of love. If ever there was a film trully expressing everyone's questions on love between people, this is it!
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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There is probably some profoundly deep irony to the idea that the writer Lytton Strachey was informed by Virginia Woolf that the ravishing young boy he had his eye on was really a woman, the painter Dora Carrington, but it remains outside of my grasp at this point. However, I am not surprised that this story of a profound platonic love between two people is taken from the pages of history, because Hollywood is rarely inclined of the consummations it routinely wishes (remember, the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac comes from a play and was not written directly for the screen).
Strachey, Carrington, Woolf and most of the other characters in this 1995 film were members of the Bloomsbury Group, all of whom were eccentric British geniuses who explored the dynamics of human relationships in strange ways when they were not busy exorcising their artistic impulses. In a masterful understated performance Jonathan Pryce plays Lytton, who was a quiet, dry witted, reserved homosexual in his thirties when he met Carrington, played by Emma Thompson, who was 15 years younger and still a virgin. Their first meetings and the strange attraction that would bind them for the rest of their lives are sketched out in the first several scenes. The explanation for why they would live together while loving others is developed throughout the rest of the film. What becomes clear is that no matter who Lytton and Carrington took into their respective beds, or shared between them for that matter, no one mattered more to them. Ultimately, the tragedy of their relationship is not the absence of the physical dimension, but, as is often the case with most relationships, the failure of both to articulate the depth of their feelings to the other until fate cruelly rectifies that error.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 11 Jan 2008
By Von
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This has got to be one of the best movies I have ever watched, but is certainly a movie that requires and deserves to be watched by those who apreciate the fantastic story and acting. If you are looking for action movies don't look here, but if you like movies that are moving and deeply emotional then this might be a movie for you. I cried buckets at the end without the movie being predictable or "soppy" and best of all...it tells the story of real people and makes one think of those poor real characters. All acting was highly professional and to the highest standard in my oppinion, but Pryce was second to none. Highly recomended if you like myself like beautiful but deep movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absoultely charming story! 5 July 2004
By Suave
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Highly recommend this film. The acting is excellent! Emma Thompson is always great. She takes a simple approach to the character, and it shows that she can pull off anything if she sets her mind to it. Jonathan Pryce character is also fascinating and the beautiful scenery provides the dreamy mood of the picture. Extremely well crafted drama!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Bart
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Watching 'Carrington' was pure bliss. Beautiful scenery, stunning musical score by Michael Nyman and great performances by all the cast were only part of my enjoyment. It was the plot which had me captivated from start to ending. It depicted the love between painter Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey. A love experienced at different levels by each partner. Carrington loves Lytton with all her heart and is ready to make commitments. Although Lytton has feelings for Carrington and although he is willing to live together, he is not prepared to go 'all the way'. Lytton is gay and wants only male sexual companionships. Carrington and Lytton work out a relationship based on platonic affection and turn to third parties for physical fulfillment. Being the highly intelligent individuals they are, they're able to pull it off. They languish in each others company, yet there's no jealousy or bitterness when one of the two is absent, due to more frivolous occupations elsewhere. Eventually Lytton declares his integral love for Carrington and bemoans not having married her. By then it's too late because Lytton utters these words on his death-bed, leaving an unconsolable Carrington behind. Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce managed to convey both joyful and desparate feelings - and the whole spectre in between - Carrington and Lytton must have experienced during their time together. By their sheer craftmanship both actors not only ACTED as their characters, they BECAME their characters. This made Carrington and Lytton fully three-dimensional with whom I became aquainted and would like to have known in real life, had I been living in the time it was set in. 'Carrington' was situated in a rather Bohemian entourage in the 1920's. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dive into the beauty of this amazing relationship
I love the Bloomsbury history and this was amazing. The clothes and locations were just perfect and the film informative and totally enjoyable loved it.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. L. F. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, gentle film
Lovely film, very well portrayed by all the lead actors and actresses. I liked the fact they showed Dora's actual paintings with the end credits.
Published 3 months ago by c martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving
A wonderful piece of British art cinema, brilliantly cast and acted, cinematically perfect you are drawn into the Bloomsbury fringe and finally left saddened but fulfilled.
Published 4 months ago by Sterling
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobbed hair & a big beard
Cruelly ignored on release, this bittersweet film is well worth two hours of anyone`s time.
Directed with a good eye by its writer Christopher Hampton (and taking its cue from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars possibly too romanticised?
this film did not show the trials of living in the years between the wars. the houses were immaculate, china sparkling and unchipped so sign of servants. Read more
Published 10 months ago by polly Holbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying
Dora Carrington is an elusive character, and portraying her and her complex life is quite a challenge. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms H P Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sad
Very sad account of Dora Carrington's life. Quite a slow start, but keep watching to see her life's events unfold.
Published 12 months ago by Audra Ryder
4.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Pryce gives the performance of a lifetime!
I rarely review DVDs, but this one tied in with some reading I'd been doing which inspired me to write a review. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful.
Somehow I didn't learn about this 1995 film until 2013. But it's a really great film. It might seem seriously unsatisfactory, in that there is so much sexual infidelity, and the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting period piece
We are very interested in the Bloomsbury set and their bohemian lives and their art and so this film was a great fit
Published 16 months ago by Dr. Howard J. Hawker
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