I never did understand why Ophelia went into her closet to sew – the light cannot have been much good in there! I have been thinking much about Hamlet this week, having listened to Alan Bennett’s superb “Denmark Hill” on Saturday [the Radio 4 Afternoon Drama]
And now the film “Effie Gray” is finally due for release. This is a biopic of the woman who was first married to Pre-Raphaelite John Ruskin, and then to John Everett Millais, another PR. The film was scripted by Emma Thompson, who also plays one of the major characters. However there were two lawsuits taken out against ET claiming plagiarism. She won. The film went ahead.
But Liz has alerted me to the bizarre poster for the film
Yes Effie did end up with Millais, who painted ‘Ophelia’ – but he painted that before they got together, and his model was Eizabeth Siddal [wife of Dante Gabriel Rosetti]. So why the apparent implication that it is meant to be Effie in the water? Maybe the film will make this clear.
The film was shot in Britain and Venice, and the actors include the 76 year old beauty Claudia Cardinale, plus David [Poirot] Suchet, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, James Fix, Robbie Coltrane and more. Ruskin is played by Greg Wise [he’s Emma Thompson’s husband] Effie herself is portrayed by Dakota Fanning. I’d love to go and see the film – but will have to find someone to go with me as Bob really cannot stand the P-R’s!!
If you want to find out more about the Ophelia painting, check out the excellent section on the Tate Britain website. Liz worked for Tate Britain when she first left Uni, and I really appreciate all the stuff she has taught me about art.