SHE HAD MANY LOVERS BUT ONLY ONE LOVE.
Playwright Christopher Hampton made his directing debut with this celebrated film about the relationship between author Lytton Strachey and artist Dora Carrington. Since Lytton was gay and Dora kept swaying between boys and girls, life was not easy for the couple. The screenplay dwells on the acquaintances that helped fulfill the sexual needs of these people, but the problem is we never do get to know the supporting characters and their relationships are not very fascinating. On the other hand, the unusual central romance is emotionally stronger, and Jonathan Pryce gives a memorable performance.
1995-Britain-France. 122 min. Color. Written and directed by Christopher Hampton. Book: Michael Holroyd (”Lytton Strachey”). Cast: Emma Thompson (Dora Carrington), Jonathan Pryce (Lytton Strachey), Steven Waddington (Ralph Partridge), Rufus Sewell, Samuel West, Penelope Wilton.
Cannes: Jury Prize, Best Actor (Pryce).