A movie about jealousy, and the complex and painful relationship between Rossetti and his sickly wife, Elizabeth. They are members of the upper-crust layer of society, bourgeois painters, poets and philosophers.
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The artist's lot is not a happy one... A visually splendid away-day for Russell who revels in the florid kinship of the brothers Pre-Raphaelite with a whirling, swirling downward reverie on the life of the artist (artists, given the bumper crop here). A tad overextended but that's a small criticism for a delectably Gothicised and idiosyncratic concoction that makes heading towards the gutter such intoxicated fun.