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Carrington

Carrington
Your Price: $19.99 CDN
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Author: Christopher Hampton
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 79
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0571153364
ISBN-13: 9780571153367

About the Screenplay:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still 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 British playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and a consummate translator and adaptor of novels. He is perhaps most famous for his play Les Liaisons Dangereuses (based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos), which won an Olivier Award in 1986. He adapted the play for film and won an Oscar for the screenplay. His theatre work includes the stage adaptation of Sunset Boulevard for Andrew Lloyd Webber, which received Tony Awards for both Book and Lyrics. He has translated a wide range of works including classics by Chekhov, Ibsen and Moliere as well as contemporary plays by Yasmina Reza and Florian Zeller. His long list of screenplays includes A Doll's House, The Good Father, Total Eclipse, and The Quiet American.