Jane Campion’s gorgeous film, Bright Star, as noted here on Scarriet [click here and here for our 2 articles], was hardly discussed on the Poetry Foundation’s Blog:Harriet despite the well-written and timely article by Abigail Deutsch [click here] — yet another example of the failure of Harriet to discuss anything to do with poetry after the blood-letting of September 1st.
We at Scarriet had a feeling this sobering, sad, but breathtakingly beautiful effort on behalf of the poet John Keats and his friend Fanny Brawne, by one of the best directors in the business, would be ignored by the entertainment industry’s honoring system as well.
Avoiding every pitfall of the Hollywood bio-pic, Bright Star features an intelligent script, extremely moving performances by Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Kerry Fox, Paul Schneider, and Edie Martin, (as Fanny’s little sister) and is a feast for the eyes and ears.
The old days, when films such as Amadeus and Room With A View earned major nominations and awards, seem to be gone.
Let’s skip the rant on the increase of cultural ignorance—for such a thesis could only be a rant.
We’ll just recommend you get the CD soundtrack, or see Bright Star, with its moving depiction of Keats, Charles Armitage Brown, Fanny Brawne and her family.
And switch from Harriet to Scarriet, of course, to stay abreast of what’s really happening in poetry!