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Emma Thompson
'Effie Gray' paints a poignant portrait of Victorian era
'Effie Gray' paints a poignant portrait of Victorian era

Genteel almost but not quite to a fault, "Effie Gray" is the decorous treatment of a story that shocked Victorian England: the romantic triangle of critic John Ruskin, his seriously unhappy wife, Euphemia "Effie" Gray, and his protege, the painter John Everett Millais. Starring Dakota Fanning as the young Scottish bride and written by costar Emma Thompson, "Effie Gray" is never less than gorgeous to look at both indoors and out, as cinematographer Andrew Dunn, production designer James Merifield and costume designer Ruth Myers and their teams collaborate to create an enveloping, almost rhapsodic look for the film. But all this visual splendor puts...