Monday, January 25, 2010

The Brightest Star


Well from a million posts in a week to none.. sorry about that.

I've been busy gallivanting around our country to see the Musee D'Orsay exhibition in Canberra and to see a friend get married at Lake Macquarie in 40 degree heat...

I also finally saw Bright Star last week. I loved it. I read a review in the Guardian which said Jane Campion had attempted to mirror the beauty of Keats' poetry in her film. I agree wholeheartedly. Greig Fraser's photography was so lush, and the characters so fragile. Watching the film was like standing in a hot house surrounded by butterflies (something of a motif in the story).

I'd love to see it again, to take it all in, slowly. More slowly than before. I saw an ad for it in the paper this morning, and even just seeing the picture of Fanny and John made me feel teary - now that's a good movie!

The whole thing made me want to read Andrew Motion's biography of Keats (on which the film was based). Motion is one of my favourite poets, and his biography is iconic, although thicker than my upper arm, so I doubt I'll actually be able to pick it up, least of all get through it.

5 comments:

Christine said...

hey Soph, I'll go with you, I've even got free movie tickets! I wanna see it but everyone has seen it that wants to.

sophg said...

Hey Chris,
that would be lovely, but you ought to find someone who hasn't seen it. I'll be your last resort ... won't mr semple go with you??? ;)

Ali said...

Hey Soph, my sentiments exactly in that I would like to see it again, and I would like to read Andrew Motion's biography. On the Bright Star website there is a little video of Jane Campion talking about that biography, which I liked. I now have a book called Bright Star which is Keats' poetry and selected letters.

So, yeah, if you want to go again I will come too :). I nearly went last cheap Tuesday at the Dendy but it was only screening at 9.10pm, which is too late for me on a school night.

It was very visually beautiful wasn't it!

Christine said...

Soph, I think you know the answer to your own question :)

sophg said...

Hey Ali- i will take a look at that video. The book sounds great.

Well, ladies, looks like we have a date!