Bottled-Up Yearning

'The Invisible Woman' & 'Gloria'

In the paperback copy of Great Expectations I read as a boy, the introduction informed me that Ellen “Nelly” Ternan was a teenaged actress whose affair with the much older Charles Dickens broke up the author’s marriage, and that Nelly’s taunting wiles made her the probable prototype for the novel’s icy Estella. Here were the movie makings for a Victorian version of The Blue Angel!

But Abi Morgan’s screenplay for Ralph Fiennes’s The Invisible Woman, drawn...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.