Portrait of a Marriage

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Adapted from the autobiographical novel by Nigel Nicolson, the four-part British miniseries Portrait of a Marriage was inspired by the marriage of convenience between Nicolson's parents, historian Harold Nicolson and novelist Vita Sackville-West Janet McTeer. Although the elder Nicolson was homosexual, his wife Vita was not only forgiving, but also obliging when he strayed from home and hearth to pursue partners of his own gender. After all, Vita was herself embroiled in a torrid -- and ultimately tragic -- ...
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Adapted from the autobiographical novel by Nigel Nicolson, the four-part British miniseries Portrait of a Marriage was inspired by the marriage of convenience between Nicolson's parents, historian Harold Nicolson and novelist Vita Sackville-West Janet McTeer. Although the elder Nicolson was homosexual, his wife Vita was not only forgiving, but also obliging when he strayed from home and hearth to pursue partners of his own gender. After all, Vita was herself embroiled in a torrid -- and ultimately tragic -- affair with one Violet Keppel Cathryn Harrison. The winner of a BAFTA award for Best Costume Design Dinah Collin, Portrait of a Marriage was telecast in Britain and New Zealand in 1990, and in the United States two years later.
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Special Features

Vita Sackville-West bio Cast filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • UPC: 054961825394
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Time: 3:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Janet McTeer Vita Sackwille-West
David Haig Harold Nicolson
Cathryn Harrison Violet Keppel Trefusis
Diana Fairfax Lady Sackville
Peter Birch Denys Trefusis
Sandra Clark Nanny
Harry Audley Chauffeur
Stefan Schwartz Phillip
Madelaine Newton Mrs. Millican
Christopher Walker Ben Nicolson
Alexander Peace Ingel Nicolson
Technical Credits
Stephen Whittaker Director
Dick Allen Editor
Dinah Collin Costumes/Costume Designer
David Feig Cinematographer
Penelope Mortimer Teleplay
Barrington Pheloung Score Composer
Colin Tucker Producer
Stuart Walker Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Portrait of a Marriage, Vol. 1
1. Unexpected Call [7:42]
2. Dress Up [8:50]
3. Confession [13:21]
4. Violet [13:19]
5. Early Arrival [11:04]
1. In Disguise [8:19]
2. Dinner Talk [6:51]
3. Captain Trefusis [7:45]
4. A Man's Woman [10:31]
5. Three's a Crowd [5:57]
6. Family Pressures [14:28]
Disc #2 -- Portrait of a Marriage, Vol. 2
1. Welcome Home [9:45]
2. Escape Plan [6:35]
3. On Leave [15:34]
4. Broken Promise [7:54]
5. Abducted [12:46]
1. No Guarantees [7:42]
2. Is It Over? [7:02]
3. Meeting With Denys [10:06]
4. Travel Partners [12:08]
5. Fighting Words [15:59]
6. Dear Violet [5:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Portrait of a Marriage, Vol. 1
   Episode Selection
      Part One
      Part Two
   Scene Index
      Part One
      Part Two
   Vita Sackville-West Biography
   Cast Filmographies
      Janet McTeer
      David Haig
      Cathryn Harrison
      Peter Birch
      Diana Fairfax
Disc #2 -- Portrait of a Marriage, Vol. 2
   Episode Selection
      Part Three
      Part Four
   Scene Index
      Part Three
      Part Four
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