Thursday, July 4, 2013


Based on well-documented historical facts, The Water Willows breathes life into the brightest lights of London's Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a reactionary art movement against stuffy Victorian ideals drawing its inspiration from the more earthy medieval lore and aesthetics. Wealthy decorator William Morris, cruelly betrayed and deeply hurt by his painter friend and mentor Gabriel Rossetti, finds meaning in the selfless cause of socialism and the betterment of the working class. Meanwhile Rossetti, once a leader of the movement, slips into paranoia, addiction and death over a single unflattering critique of his poetry, and in doing so losing the love of the woman he worshipped and painted over and over: William Morris' wife, Jane Morris.

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