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Caro

Keats and Fanny Brawne

I wasn't sure where to put this, but have decided on this.  

My NZ Listener in its Bradford's Hollywood column, which I always think we could do without, but read anyway, says Bright Star, a drama about Keats' love affair with Fanny Brawne, is about to be seen.  It has two NZ connections, being directed by NZer Jane Campion (The Piano, Heavenly Creatures) and with Kiwi actres Kerry Fox as Brawne's mother.  

I shall be very interested to see this.

Cheers, Caro.
Caro

This movie has arrived in NZ and is being praised to the skies.  The radio reviewer has called it about the best true love story he has ever seen on the screen.  And the NZ Listener review by David Larson says, "In the end I was laughing, crying and in fact completely transported.  Mark Bradshaw's score is shiveringly beautiful and Campion knows - as so many directors don't - when to turn the music up loud and when to shut it down.  Paul Schneider is marvellous as Keats' bumptious best friend and Kerry Fox is if anything even better in the quieter but equally key role of Fanny's mother...Abbie Cornish lets you see her every subtle shift of thought and feeling.  Nor is she afraid to go to the howling extremes of emotion when the story needs her to.  

He said both times he saw the film the audience stayed to the end of Ode to a Nightingale.
This review spend the first third of it commenting on how difficult to is to make the line "There is a holiness to the heart's affections, which you know nothing about!" and how extremely well Ben Whishaw did it.  "Consistently Campion works high-flown written rhetoric into rich yet flexible spoken language and her cast pick it up and make it sing."

He said the movie took a while to grip him and for a while looked as if it might be a cool intellectual movie about uncontrollable passion, but it wasn't.  

I don't know if we have already discussed this somewhere already, but have any of you seen it and what did you think?

Cheers, Caro.

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Castorboy

I suppose we’re looking for the opinion of someone who has both read the biography of Keats by Andrew Motion and has seen the film Bright Star. Motion was script consultant to Jane Campion, who wrote the screenplay as well, so there is a good chance the film will at least be close to the book.

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