Friday, February 5, 2010

Bright Star: Three Such Days...

Just watched Bright Star, Jane Campion's brilliant depiction of John Keats and Fanny Brawne's three year intense relationship and the exquisite letters that they exchanged. Abby Cornish gives an incredibly moving performance of young Fanny who's obsession with the beautiful, devoted Keats, is wonderfully complemented by the fragile, waifish, Ben Whishaw. This movie has everything: a wonderful soundtrack, stunning scenery, incredible costumes, beautiful cinematography and a great depiction of young love and the struggles of an unknown artist. Campion's earlier masterpiece, The Piano has always lingered in my mind. I can hardly wait to catch the exhibition of eccentric Victoriana, Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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