Plot – In 1915 England, painter Dora Carrington meets writer Lytton Strachey. Their unique love story begins against the background of a coming world war. He is a homosexual conscientious objector with a beard who makes jokes and behaves like Oscar Wilde; she is a young energetic androgynous type who is insensible to the attention of males, like that of her boyfriend Mark Gertler, a Jewish painter who for four years has been trying in vain to seduce her. Then Dora declares her feelings to Lytton to the anger of Mark who goes so far as to assault the writer. Dora and Lytton live together and, when young former officer Ralph Partridge enters their lives, a new and provocative menage-a-trois begins, with Dora marrying Ralph to keep him tied to Lytton, who oversees their honeymoon in Venice. When Dora is seduced by the romantic sensibility of Ralph's friend Gerald Brenan, back from the war in Spain, the two become lovers. Then Lytton finally starts earning money with his books and counts Roger Senhouse among his conquests. While Ralph falls in love with a young woman, Frances, Dora accentuates her dichotomy between devotion to Lytton and her sexual evolution, which soon includes a handsome captain, Beacus Penrose, who takes her on a cruise on his boat. However, in 1932 Lytton falls ill: stomach cancer causes his death. In vain Ralph, now married to Frances, tries to protect Dora from depression. Left alone, unable to live without Lytton, Dora commits suicide.
All actors – Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Samuel West, Rufus Sewell, Penelope Wilton, Janet McTeer, Peter Blythe, Jeremy Northam, Alex Kingston, Sebastian Harcombe, Richard Cliffordshow all
“Carrington” Quotes 29 quotes
“People in love should never live together. When they do, the inevitable result is that they either fall out of love or drive one another insane.”
“If this is dying, I don't think much of it.”
“Semen. What is it about that ridiculous white secretion that pulls down the corners of an Englishman's mouth?”
“- Lytton Strachey: I know it was an obscene and ridiculous war, but, I suppose its quite convenient to have one.
- Lady Ottoline Morrell: Now we shall see some real progress, Lytton. We're on the threshold of a golden age.
- Lytton Strachey: You know, Ottili, given the circumstances, I really think we ought to dance.”
“- Lytton Strachey: I'm so busy nowadays. I've been learning German, as well. I must say its the most disagreeable language.
- Dora Carrington: Then why learn it?
- Lytton Strachey: Oh, my dear... suppose they win?”
“Ralph said you were nervous lest I'd feel I have some sort of claim on you, and that all your friends wondered how you could have stood me so long, as I didn't understand a word of literature. That was wrong. For nobody, I think, could have loved the Ballards, Donne, and Macaulay's Essays and, best of all, Lytton's Essays, as much as I. You...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Lytton Strachey: I tend to be impulsive in these matters like the time I asked Virginia Woolf to marry me.
- Dora Carrington: She turned you down?
- Lytton Strachey: No, she accepted. It was ghastly.”
“I must say, I find these new young people wonderfully refreshing, they have no morals and they never speak. It's an enchanting combination.”
“Will you stay? Won't you spoil me? Just this once? Tonight?”
“- Lady Ottoline Morrell: The Carrington matter. I take it, you're still working on that.
- Lytton Strachey: Really, Ottoli, must you put things quite so boldly. I prefer to think of myself as an educator, rather than as a...
- Lady Ottoline Morrell: What?
- Lytton Strachey: As a pimp.”
“- Mark Gertler: Haven't you any self-respect?
- Dora Carrington: Not much.
- Mark Gertler: But he's a disgusting pervert!
- Dora Carrington: You always have to put up with something.”
“It makes me think, you're only interested in me sexually.”
“Do you think knitting scarfs for the troops will be classified as essential war work?”
“I've come to the conclusion there's no such thing as a beautiful Welsh boy. At any rate, all I've seen have been unparalleled frumps.”
“If there was a chance that your decision meant that I should somehow or other lose you, I don't think I could bear it. You and Ralph and our life at Tidmarsh are what I care for most in the world.”
“All these years, I have known all along that my life with you was limited. Lytton, you're the only person who I ever had an all-absorbing passion for. I shall never have another. I couldn't, now. I had one of the most self-abasing loves that a person can have. It's too much of a strain to be quite alone here, waiting to see you, or craning my...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Lytton Strachey: The truth is, I've always been better at living than I ever was at writing.
- Dora Carrington: What's wrong with that?”
“I don't know what the world has come into: women in love with buggers and buggers in love with womanizers.”
“- Lytton Strachey: Any luck with the famous Carrington conundrum?
- Mark Gertler: The same ignorance. Fear and Ignorance. Now its been going on for four years and I'm at my wits end.
- Lytton Strachey: Well, it's no use asking my opinion. I'm afraid when it comes to a creature with a cunt, I'm always infinitely désorienté.”