Bright Star

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Where oh where do I start? The film, Bright Star, was so moving and beautiful and inspiring that it’s hard to know what to talk about first. Should I touch on the impeccable costumes, the devastating romance, or the amazing cinematography? The film follows the romance between poet John Keats (played by Ben Whishaw, whom I now have a big crush on) and Fannie (Abbie Cornish). Their love is ill-fated from the get-go. Keats is a poor poet who can in no way support a wife financially, but this knowledge doesn’t seem to affect their long, intimate walks through the woods arm-in-arm and their ultimately falling in love.

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The film was written and directed by Jane Campion, who also directed The Piano, which won three Oscars. Campion was inspired by Andrew Motion’s biography of Keats, which I would really like to pick up and read now. But I was most intrigued by the character of Fannie, who acted as muse for a romantic poetic that would go down in history as a literary star. The film highlights Fanny’s love for fashion as she sews her own clothes, as though designing dresses were therapy for her love-sick heart. And boy, was I inspired by the clothes! Although it might be hard to find a place in a modern wardrobe for a huge, lacy collar or a stovepipe hat, there are definitely aspects of early 19th century style that are possible to emulate. I’ve picked a few ModCloth pieces that I think fit the bill for channeling Fanny.

(Image Above: Matador Bolero, Calypso Skirt (we’ll get more of these in stock in Dec.), Legend Boots in Honeythorn, Edna St. Vincent Mil-lace Blouse)

If this movie is playing in your area, grab a couple friends and head out to see it. But be warned – it is definitely depressing! Bring tissues and get ready for a drink afterward.


About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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    Maya 11/17/2009 at 6:51 pm #

    Bright star! Would I were steadfast as thou art…. or something. Keats is my favourite romantic poet.

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    RachelC 11/17/2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Oh, I want to see that movie. (I want to see so many movies I see on here…)

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    Pam 11/17/2009 at 10:24 pm #

    not playing in Baltimore anymore. I’m dying to see it too!

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    bloody 11/17/2009 at 11:57 pm #

    did you know ben whishaw was the lead in perfume:the story of a murderer?
    he is an amazing actor and one fine looking man ;]

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    Sydney 11/18/2009 at 12:53 am #

    Maybe it’s the English major in me, but I was hooked at “John Keats”!

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    rowena 11/18/2009 at 3:07 am #

    this movie sounds amazing. i wish i’d known about it last month D:

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    Blair 11/18/2009 at 1:05 pm #

    It was an amazing film…I highly recommend it!!

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    Emily 11/18/2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Love love love Bright Star. One of my favorite movies of the year, to be sure. I am a sucker for period dramas/romances.

    Love this post, Turi!

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    Alexandra 11/19/2009 at 7:27 pm #

    It doesn’t come to my independent theatre until January, but I’ve already set the date 😀 😀 😀

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    stilettoxkiller 12/19/2009 at 10:40 pm #

    this poem was the highlight of my world lit class i took last year, and has def become one of my favorite poems of all times. it’s so beautiful! i had no idea they were making a movie about keats! very excited!

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