A Bright Star(t) to 2010

Happy New Year, everyone! I recommend starting it off right by seeing Jane Campion’s Bright Star, a film that I saw a few days ago and one that really has stayed with me. It tells the true story of penniless poet John Keats and his love affair with seamstress Fanny Brawne. Keats died at the age of 25 of tuberculous but his legacy lives on, as he’s considered one of the best Romantic poets.

The Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones sums up my interest in the film in his review, writing that “its great distinction lies in re-creating an age when thoughts and feelings were to be carefully considered and precisely enunciated.”

In many ways, the film is so articulate that it restored my faith in love. Not a bad way to start off a new decade.

Author: Sheila Burt


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