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Portrait of a Marriage 

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Melodrama detailing the real-life love affair between feminist writer Vita Sackville-West and novelist Violet Keppel against the backdrop of post-World War I England and opposition by ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Janet McTeer ...  Vita Sackville-West 4 episodes, 1990
David Haig ...  Harold Nicolson 4 episodes, 1990
Cathryn Harrison ...  Violet Keppel Trefusis 4 episodes, 1990
Diana Fairfax ...  Lady Sackville 4 episodes, 1990
Peter Birch ...  Denys Trefusis 4 episodes, 1990
Alexander Pearce Alexander Pearce ...  Nigel Nicolson 4 episodes, 1990
Yves Aubert Yves Aubert ...  Concierge 4 episodes, 1990
David Griffith David Griffith ...  Purser 4 episodes, 1990
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Ben Nicolson 3 episodes, 1990
Kathleen Byron ...  Lady Carnock 2 episodes, 1990
Madelaine Newton Madelaine Newton ...  Mrs. Milligan 2 episodes, 1990
Judy Elrington Judy Elrington ...  Nanny 2 episodes, 1990
Madeline Blakeney Madeline Blakeney ...  Mrs. Staples 2 episodes, 1990
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Melodrama detailing the real-life love affair between feminist writer Vita Sackville-West and novelist Violet Keppel against the backdrop of post-World War I England and opposition by Vita's politician husband Harold Nicolson. Vita and Violet's romantic relationship becomes increasingly obsessive which spawns destructive feelings of possessiveness and jealousy between them. Written by Anonymous

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19 July 1992 (USA) See more »

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Portrait einer Ehe See more »

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For the U.S. PBS network premiere, 34 minutes of footage was cut from the original print, most of them being the soft-core lesbian love scenes. See more »

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An Otherwise Perfect Union
21 July 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson were married for more than 50 years and the parents of Benedict and Nigel Nicholson MBE, OBE, who wrote about his parents' unusual marriage in a very loving way. Both Vita and Harold had homosexual relationships on the side but it was Vita's relationship with childhood friend, Violet Keppel Trefuses who by the way is related to Camilla Parker-Bowles distantly that nearly threatened Vita and Harold's marriage. Marriage is an institution which produced two fine sons. The actress, Janet McTeer, who plays Vita does a superb job and memorable. Violet is played by Cathryn Harrison who I believe is Sir Rex Harrison's daughter or relative. Anyway the acting is sensational and it was quite revolutionary for it's time on television during Masterpiece Theater. Harold and Vita's marriage may have been quite unconventional by it's unusual circumstances but they stayed together. They built Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England. Vita wrote a beautiful poem about her love for Harold. Now regardless that their union had outside lovers like Violet and Virginia Woolfe. They always returned to each other for comfort, companionship, and conversation. No, this marriage probably wouldn't survive today because there is just too much focus on sex completing a marriage. For those of us who know better, sex does not complete the marriage but enhance it. THe sexual desires of Vita and Harold may have been toward their own sex but they returned to each other every time. A successful marriage is based on being able to turn to the one you love, trust, and need in your most desperate time. Nigel wrote a loving book about his parents' unconventional marriage but he wrote that they still loved each other and returned to each other from their infidelities every time even with Violet Keppel.


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