While we’ve been waiting for Effie Gray for quite a while, the movie based on the intriguing tale of the titular character and her marriage to prominent art critic John Ruskin is now on its way and the trailer has arrived.
Written by Emma Thompson, Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) is a young woman who as a teenager marries the far older John Ruskin (David Suchet), a man who is at the top of the art world and moved in his circles. However it’s not a happy marriage and is never consummated.
Effie ends up becoming the muse and lover of pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), and ends up causing a sensation when she becomes one of the first women to petition for a divorce (technically an annulment due to the fact she never had sex with Ruskin).
A probably apocryphal legend says Ruskin refused to have sex with Effie due to his disgust at her pubic hair, although it’s not clear if this will be reflected in the movie.
The film is due for release in the UK on October 10th. [Read more…]