Oh Emma what a major disappointment! You didn't even bother to add some
text at the end to say what happened to Effie. She went on to marry
Millais and had several children with him and by all accounts lived
happily ever after. The Scotland scenes were slow and boring though the
rest was OK. certainly the TV series Desperate Romantics re the pre-
Raphaelites was far more dramatic re Effie and Millais. It will be
interesting to find out which was the real situation. Such a pity - the
acting was OK and the costumes beautiful. The lighting was really weird
though- going from dimmish to really dim in the same scene- if that was
supposed to be some sort of filmic effect it failed. It made me think
there was something wrong with my TV. I was also disappointed with the
sound quality nod several times thought they were speaking in a foreign
language - and I don't mean the scenes shot in Venice either!
For people who know nothing about the Ruskin/ Effie/ Millais situation, which was a very unique, scandalous and shocking situation that made Ruskin a laughing stock, it failed miserably. If you are going to pluck stuff from history it really needs to be far more accurate.
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Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia "Effie" Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society...
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