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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
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • VHS Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000399WP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Like Lytton, she is emotionally unusual.
Gary Lehmann
Carrington, a female painter, falls in love with the gay author Lytton Strachey, and together they create a relationship without boundaries.
A Customer
This is a movie of the different ways people love each other.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Charles Tatum on May 31, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A young female artist falls in love with a known homosexual and the two spend their remaining years in each other's lives. No, this is not a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, but "Carrington" is an emotional drama that is a triumph for Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, and less than perfect for writer/director Christopher Hampton.
The film is good. It takes place in the years 1914-1932 in England. Thompson is Dora Carrington, a troubled artist who falls for homosexual writer Lytton Strachey, played by Pryce. Strachey is a bit of a dramatic, suffering from "old age" and other infirmities, although he would be considered a young man. Strachey is first attracted to Carrington, thinking she is a young boy thanks to her pageboy haircut and lack of makeup.
The two fall in love the only way they can: unphysically. They share a bed, but have no real sexual relationship and pursue the kind of physical love they cannot find with each other. Virigin Carrington falls for an angry artist who cannot understand their four year relationship with no sex. She is simply not attracted to his body, but gives in anyway, finding she does not enjoy sex anyway. She breaks it off with him, using her impending cohabitation with Strachey as a reason. She then brings home uptight army soldier Ralph, played by Steven Waddington. He is a man's man who does not understand all these artists and conscientious objectors (to WWI), but beds Carrington and, the film implies, Strachey. Ralph and Carrington marry and Ralph brings home friend Gerald for Strachey to "get to know." Gerald then suddenly falls in love with Carrington. The two have an affair. Strachey finds and loves a younger man named Roger, and Carrington dumps Gerald, later finding a guy with a boat who really likes his sex on the high seas.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2002
Format: DVD
This movie will force you to ask yourself the difficult question, "Have I ever really known love?", and cause you to long for a friendship that will endure the span of your own lifetime.
This movie is a romance, but there are no wooing words of passion between the two main characters. This movie is a bodice ripping hot bed of passion, but the two main characters never have sex with each other.
Do we choose the people that we will love, or are they prechosen for us? Whatever you feel or think about this movie, trust me, it won't be a lukewarm opinion. It was well worth the money spent for this DVD.
If you liked this one, I would also highly recommend, "Henry and June" with Fred Ward & Uma Thurman, "Delta of Venus" with Costas Mandylor, "Red Shoe Diaries - The Movie" with David Duchovny & Billy Worth and "Nora" with Ewan McGregor & Susan Lynch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 24, 2003
Format: DVD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "ivan1138" on August 5, 2001
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If you care at all about great acting, you must see this film. The story of Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington, two characters you will never forget, will stand as one of the great love affairs of the last century. That their's was not a sexual affair, only serves to expand our understanding of what love is and can be. Emma Thompson equals or betters all of her previous film work, while Jonathan Pryce is a revelation as the openly gay Strachey. If you are a fan of Merchant/Ivory, or Terence Davies, or Marleen Gorris, you will love this handsomely crafted film biography.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Hodson VINE VOICE on February 22, 2006
Format: DVD
It's an odd thing when a film is perfectly cast, painstakingly researched, extraordinarily well-written, and wonderfully acted, that still it should feel a bit lifeless, stolid and conventional, completely unlike the characters it's illuminating. Look-alike Jonathan Pryce as the homosexual Lytton Strachey and the always remarkable Emma Thompson as the passionately heterosexual (Dora) Carrington act their hearts out, bringing vividly and with complete believability to life one of the oddest couples in recent history, but while Christopher Hampton has made his reputation on excellent writing such as we see here, his direction is leaden, and the film is interesting more for the work of the actors and the real people they play, rather than from any great feat of filmmaking. Sadly, not many people saw the film in the theatres despite the achievements of the cast.

Dora Carrington, though a painter of note, was most famous for her life-long, rather self-abasing devotion to Lytton Strachey, the writer of a number of essays and criticisms, who later published a witty expose of four "Eminent Victorians," which was subersive and significant, both literarily and financially. But like many of the Bloomsbury set to which he and Carrington more or less belonged, he was arguably more remarkable for his eccentricity, wit, and whimsical personality than for a rather slender body of brilliant writing. Pryce's portrayal of him is delightfully unrestrained and flamboyant--when he and Ottoline dance at a party, they are a pair of absurdist clowns, having a marvelous time with no concern for anyone else`s opinion.
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