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Carrington

Carrington
Your Price: $16.99 CDN
Author: Christopher Hampton
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 79
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0571153364
ISBN-13: 9780571153367

About the Screenplay:

Rare book, very limited quantities are available.

Carrington was the winner of a Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1995. It is a British biographical film written and directed by Christopher Hampton about the life of the English painter Dora Carrington, who was known simply as "Carrington". The screenplay is based on biographies of writer and critic Lytton Strachey by Michael Holroyd.

In this screenplay by Christopher Hampton, Dora Carrington is the centerpiece of this true and unusual love triangle that included writer Lytton Strachey – a member of Virginia Woolf's Bloomsbury Group – and Carrington's husband Ralph Partridge. A "triangular trinity of happiness" was how Carrington described her early life with Partridge and Strachey. But, as Virginia Woolf foretold, Carrington's marriage was riskier than most: the boundaries of the menage shifted, like ice flows, to accommodate lovers who came and went, but the pivotal focus of Carrington's life remained her all-abiding passion for Strachey. With tragic consequences, Carrington and Strachey openly acknowledge the differences that exist between love and desire at a time when society did not encourage such experiments.

This screenplay is the story of their lives together, as depicted in a film Carington starring Emma Thompson as Carington and Jonathan Pryce as Lytton Strachey, for which he won Best actor at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The decision to award Christopher Hampton the Special Jury Prize was unanimous. Also included in this book are a selection of stills from the film.

What people say:

"Deftly scripted, this may be Hampton's best original text since The Philanthropist." — Financial Times

About the Screenwriter:

Christopher Hampton is a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and a consummate translator and adaptor of novels. Born in 1946 in Portugal, he spent his childhood in Aden, Egypt and Zanzibar, then studied French and German at Oxford University. He was the youngest writer ever to have a play staged in the West End, and in the late 1960s, was resident dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre.