Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bright Star (2009) movie

Bright Star (2009)
Official movie site

Directed and screenplay
by Jane Campion

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Inspiration: Jane Austen-esque-ness

Description from imdb:
The drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25.

Tagline: First Love Burns Brightest

Memorable quote:
John Keats: (about writing poetry) It ought to come like leaves to a tree, or it better not come at all.

My thoughts:
In-a-word(s): exquisite

Such beauty is found in the minutia of this movie. I loved the scenes with close-ups on hand-stitching, reading letters, walking in the heath.

I just had to see this film on the big screen for the scenery and for the costumes. I certainly got what I expected - a delightful and romantic movie. However, the ending is harsh but true. Campion gives us a gut-wrenching scene when Fanny finds out about Keats' death. You'll need a hankie or two or three or four.

The music soundtrack by Mark Bradshaw was just as lovely. There is one scene where the men gather together for a human orchestra. Their voices alone were woven together for a song. Whoa, such sounds tugs at the heart.

Jane Austen sighting:
In the end credits there is a Jane Austen organization mentioned. The credits zipped by too fast for me to read properly but I think it may have been in relation to the dance scene???

My previous Bright Star post has a trailer and the Bright Star poem.

The Bright Star official site is holding a Love Letter Contest that ends in December. The prize is an Everlon Diamond Knot Collection. If you're feeling creative, you should check it out.

*** Giveaway ***

Before watching the film, I picked up Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne with introduction by Director Jane Campion.

Just like the movie, exquisite. Now, I must seek out more Keats.

Guess what, I picked up a second copy for some lucky soul out there in the blogosphere.

Interested in receiving a bundle of Keats love letters?

Comment and answer me this:

Have you ever written a love letter?

+1 have your ever received a love letter?

+2 tweet for me

+5 post about this on your blog

Open to all.

Offer ends: November 29, 2009

Contest has ended - winner is here

*(Misty) GO see this. You'll love Ben Wishaw even more ;-D

*source image of Brawne and Keats side-by-side


  1. I'm planning a bookstore opening the weekend of November 20th, so I don't know how active I could be at the Pemberley Ball, but I'd love to crash the party! How does one do that?

  2. I have EVERY INTENTION of seeing this. Ben Wishaw is so fantablulously good an actor, I can barely stand it. ;p
    I am so lacking in the love letter department. But I did get a very silly Valentine from this kid in 2nd grade who I was so embarassed by because he followed me around with a puppy dog. Now, I find it adorable, but then, not so much. It was a variant on the 'roses are red' thing, but I don't remember what it said. I ended up tearing it up and throwing it out a few years later (wanted to then, but my mom thought it was too *cuuuute*, so once I got my hands on it...I regret that now, cause it really was cute.)

  3. I was waiting for someone to tell me if it was worth the 45 minute drive (to the nearest theater still playing this). Now I'm going to try to round up a friend or two and see it Friday. Great review!

    (I've never written a love letter...hmm...)

  4. OK, both the film and book sound RIGHT up my alley! I'd never heard of either, but I'll definitely be looking for them soon! Unless I win...? :)

    I've written many a love letter in my life -- and received quite a few, too. Many have been quite romantic, I must say! Though I'm typing this as a totally free woman, haha. So take from that what you will. :)

  5. I liked this movie very much..i downloaded this movie from the internet...you can also download bright star from the internet....

  6. +1 No, I have never received a love letter but I would love to.
    +2 Tweet: http://twitter.com/hollyy___x/status/5499852986
    +1 Blogged: http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogspot.com/

  7. btw my email is hollyy.heart.attack(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  8. I think I've received a couple of love letters. Mostly emails though! ;)

  9. I wrote this love letter to this a lot older boy when I was in the elementary school. We are now friends and sometimes we laught at that letter.

    +1 I received a love letter from my ex-boyfriend last week. We only break up because I moved to another country so we still love each other.


  10. +1 Hmmmm...I can't say I've ever gotten one, I did get a couple of You're hot or you're cute entries in my yearbook a time or two...does that count? I did sort of write one to a boy that was moving back to Colombia after our senior year of high school...I bore him my soul in like twenty pages of college-ruled paper...He gave me How to Win Friends and Influence People!

    +2 My tweet for you! http://twitter.com/Gofita/status/5728214589

    I will post about it tomorrow...so till then...

    hmsgofita at hotmail dot com

  11. This sounds like a wonderful movie. :)

    +1 I have written love letters before. I have also received love letters before--back when my marriage was new and young.

    +2 I just tweeted the giveaway at http://twitter.com/afewmorepages/statuses/5728910749

    srfbluemama at gmail dot com

  12. From your description this would be a delightful and fulfilling movie to see. I will have to find it in one of our local theaters.

    +1 I have written love letter in the past and received some back. They were written to people who were very special to me following my divorce.

    +2 I tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/pine1211/status/5729201772

    +5 I posted about the giveaway on my blog:

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  13. I am a hopeless romantic and have two degrees one in History and one in English Literature. I have been wanting to see this film since I read about it in the paper and am trying to see if I can find a theatre that is playing it. I enjoy, whenever possible, reading the book before I see the film so the picture I have when I read it is not the one that the filmmaker has planted in my head but my own.

    + 1 I have written and received love e-mail letters some of which I printed out but for valentines, and cards with short love notes on them I have not really received hand written love letters , I am a handwritten love letter girl living in a digital letter world.

    +2 http://twitter.com/AustenWodehouse

    Vvb32 reads: Bright Star (2009) movie" to giveaway (http://bit.ly/4cs0Db )

    +5 http://austenwodehouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/vvb32-reads-bright-star-2009-movie.html


  14. +1 Please count me in, I prefer reading the book befor watching the movie.
    I've written and received l♥veletters.

    I've never tweeted, because I'm always short of time. LOL
    No time to study about the Tweet-Thing or blog about this now either, because... I've to rush back to the library!


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