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Portrait of A Marriage

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Portrait of A Marriage
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Based on the true story of Vita Sackville-West's tortured, public affair with novelist Violet Keppel. Though Vita and her husband, diplomat Harold Nicolson, knowingly cheated on each other throughout their 50-year marriage, it was her liaison with her childhood friend Violet that threatened the marriage. Frank and daring in its depiction of lesbian love, this release includes scenes cut from the original broadcast.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, MD] : Acorn Media, [2006]
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9781569388259
1569388253
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama PORTRAIT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (219 min..) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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Based on the true story of Vita Sackville-West's tortured, public affair with novelist Violet Keppel. Though Vita and her husband, diplomat Harold Nicolson, knowingly cheated on each other throughout their 50-year marriage, it was her liaison with her childhood friend Violet that threatened the m... Read More »


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Nov 06, 2013
  • eusebius rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Self-centered? Certainly. Irresponsible? Sure. But the upper class has always gotten its own way. All we can do is enjoy how this story plays out over several decades of the lives of Vita, Violet and Harold, the long-suffering husband of Vita. The performances are excellent, especially Janet McTeer as Vita.

Nov 11, 2012
  • 21221004556327 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is probably a good indication of the behavior of the aristocracy . You must remember Violet Keppel was the daughter of the infamous Mrs Keppel. mistress of Edward vii , and goodness knows whose daughter.Morals were not in great demand with these people. Read Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter for further illumination. Camilla Parker Bowles is a direct desendant of Mrs Keppel, so it continues today. Great stuff.

Apr 28, 2011
  • ThunderMusic rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Over all, I will not recommend this movie. At the end, I felt that it had been a waste of my time. I had no sympathy to any of the characters. What I did like: it was very well acted, I could not fault the choices of any of the cast. If the story had been fiction, I would have thought that each part was written for the specific actor playing it it was so well done. The story was written by Vita's youngest son and so was appropriately biased as it would be through a child's thoughts, feelings and memories. What I didn't like: Violet was the quintessential evil, home-wrecker and Vita's own mother discribed her best by saying that "Vita must be managed" in all things. I was not at all disturbed by the topic matter, nor can fault any of the acting... it was just too childlike: the selfish natures of all the persons involved and their willingness to feel that it was their right to behave in any manner they found pleasure. You will note that Vita and Violet, friends since childhood, have never left off their childish behaviour and Violet DOES manage Vita and yet remains the most immature woman it is possible to portray.

Apr 08, 2011
  • movie20 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent story based on true life events. I found Violet Keppel to be very self-centered. She was deternubed that her relationship continue regardless of consequences for anyone else. She was very manipulative.

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