Portrait of a Marriage

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Adapted from the autobiographical novel by Nigel Nicolson, the four-part British miniseries Portrait of a Marriage was inspired by the marriage of convenience between Nicolson's parents, historian Harold Nicolson and novelist Vita Sackville-West (Janet McTeer). Although the elder Nicolson was homosexual, his wife Vita was not only forgiving, but also obliging when he strayed from home and hearth to pursue partners of his own gender. After all, Vita was herself embroiled in a torrid -- and ultimately tragic -- affair with one Violet Keppel (Cathryn Harrison). The winner of a BAFTA award for Best Costume Design (Dinah Collin), Portrait of a Marriage was telecast in Britain and New Zealand in 1990, and in the United States two years later. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Janet McTeer
as Vita Sackwille-West
David Haig
as Harold Nicolson
Cathryn Harrison
as Violet Keppel Trefusis
Diana Fairfax
as Lady Sackville
Peter Birch
as Denys Trefusis
Harry Audley
as Chauffeur
Madelaine Newton
as Mrs. Millican
Christopher Walker
as Ben Nicolson
Alexander Peace
as Ingel Nicolson
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  • Visually and dramatically Marriage is terrif, with Dinah Collins's costumes and designer Stuart Walker's contributions top of the line in establishing the period piece's English and continental look and feel.

    Jan 10, 2018 | Full Review…

    Tony Scott

    Variety
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