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Carrington (1995)

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This period biopic chronicles the long-term passion of early 20th-century painter Dora Carrington for gay Bloomsbury Group writer Lytton Strachey. The film covers almost two decades in their lives from 1915-1932, and is segmented into brief periods from Carrington's life; each period is prefaced with a title that names it and centers on the relevant relationships or places in her life.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

Emma Thompson
as Dora Carrington
Jonathan Pryce
as Lytton Strachey
Steven Waddington
as Ralph Partridge
Samuel West
as Gerald Brenan
Rufus Sewell
as Mark Gertler
Penelope Wilton
as Lady Ottoline Morrell
Janet McTeer
as Vanessa Bell
Peter Blythe
as Phillip Morrell
Jeremy Northam
as Beacus Penrose
Alex Kingston
as Frances Partridge
Sebastian Harcombe
as Rober Senhouse
Richard Clifford
as Clive Bell
David Ryall
as Mayor
Stephen Boxer
as Military Rep
Annabel Mullion
as Mary Hutchinson
Gary Turner
as Duncan Grant
Georgiana Dacombe
as Marjorie Gertler
Neville Phillips
as Court Usher
Christopher Birch
as Dr. Starkey Smith
Daniel Betts
as Porter
Simon Bye
as Fly Driver
Marzio Idoni
as Gondolier
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Critic Reviews for Carrington

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

The leads do physically resemble their real-life prototypes, judging from last year's coffee-table book on Carrington's art and personal circle. But the snail's pacing, vague writing and Thompson herself leave a fatal void.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Cowardly and dull.

April 21, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

One of those pretty terrific movies that has somehow just fallen by the wayside in our collective cinematic consciousness.

Full Review… | August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Jonathan Pryce dominates the film with his fussy and idiosyncratic performance as the outspoken homosexual and iconoclastic chronicler of 20th century excesses.

Full Review… | January 10, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

What's the point?

December 29, 2001
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Carrington

Jonathan Pryce dominates the film with his fussy and idiosyncratic performance as the outspoken homosexual and iconoclastic chronicler of 20th century excesses.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

As Strachey, Pryce is brilliant but the film seems to lack a coherent narrative. Basically we just see two sad artists be sad for two hours without ever getting a sense of what drew them together.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Solid biopic about the artist. Great cast, beautiful music, and well-directed. Like many movies of this nature that are so introspective it's hard to completely portray what the characters are feeling and thinking, but there is one point during the middle of the movie where Carrington is sitting in the yard at night watching the people in their respective rooms go about their business that does one of the best jobs of capturing a moment I have seen on film. It was also interesting to see the portrayal of Gerald Brenan, whom I had seen in another well-made movie - South From Granada.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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