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I saw Bright Star today, Jane Campion's newest movie about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

I adore Keats and have loved him for years, since I first read him in translation in Russian and I got really fixated on him in college (When we were in London some time ago, we walked where Fanny and Keats used to live, and when we were in Rome, we were by the house by the Spanish Steps where he died). I have been anticipating this movie ever since I heard they were making it.

It lived up to everything I could have ever wanted. It might be the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen - there is one shot of Fanny lying on her bed and the summer wind ruffling her dress in a wave, like a caress, which is the most perfect shot I have ever seen.

It is also the most romantic movie I have ever seen - it feels like a cinematic swoon, like being inside a poem, it makes me relive how intoxicating it is to fall in love. Sometimes I wanted to look away because I felt I was intruding.

It works even more so because it feels so real - all these people are people not characters - it is full of small events, small gestures, approacheable people, relatable joy and grief. And yet the movie manages the magic alchemy where I can believe that Keats is a genius and the Fanny is someone who can inspire such amazing poetry.

If you like Keats or poetry in general, or romantic movies, or period movies, or even plain well-made movies, you cannot miss seeing this.

Trailer:



They also had a number of trailers for movies I wanted to see and the only which caught my attention the most was one for Young Victoria. It was shocking to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in flagrante delicto. They would have died :)



But seriously - I am so intensely in love with Bright Star. And more than happy that one of my favorite poets got such a gorgeous tribute. That is how you do a movie about a writer's life-changing love affair - a pity those who made that silly Jane Austen in love movie last year did not learn that. Oh, and I have never seen either Abbie Cornish or Ben Whitshaw in anything before - but they were amazing. Everyone was. I really hope the movie, Jane Campion, and Cornish and Whitshaw get Oscar noms.
dangermousie: (Default)
I saw Bright Star today, Jane Campion's newest movie about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

I adore Keats and have loved him for years, since I first read him in translation in Russian and I got really fixated on him in college (When we were in London some time ago, we walked where Fanny and Keats used to live, and when we were in Rome, we were by the house by the Spanish Steps where he died). I have been anticipating this movie ever since I heard they were making it.

It lived up to everything I could have ever wanted. It might be the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen - there is one shot of Fanny lying on her bed and the summer wind ruffling her dress in a wave, like a caress, which is the most perfect shot I have ever seen.

It is also the most romantic movie I have ever seen - it feels like a cinematic swoon, like being inside a poem, it makes me relive how intoxicating it is to fall in love. Sometimes I wanted to look away because I felt I was intruding.

It works even more so because it feels so real - all these people are people not characters - it is full of small events, small gestures, approacheable people, relatable joy and grief. And yet the movie manages the magic alchemy where I can believe that Keats is a genius and the Fanny is someone who can inspire such amazing poetry.

If you like Keats or poetry in general, or romantic movies, or period movies, or even plain well-made movies, you cannot miss seeing this.

Trailer:



They also had a number of trailers for movies I wanted to see and the only which caught my attention the most was one for Young Victoria. It was shocking to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in flagrante delicto. They would have died :)



But seriously - I am so intensely in love with Bright Star. And more than happy that one of my favorite poets got such a gorgeous tribute. That is how you do a movie about a writer's life-changing love affair - a pity those who made that silly Jane Austen in love movie last year did not learn that. Oh, and I have never seen either Abbie Cornish or Ben Whitshaw in anything before - but they were amazing. Everyone was. I really hope the movie, Jane Campion, and Cornish and Whitshaw get Oscar noms.
dangermousie: (Default)
I saw Bright Star today, Jane Campion's newest movie about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

I adore Keats and have loved him for years, since I first read him in translation in Russian and I got really fixated on him in college (When we were in London some time ago, we walked where Fanny and Keats used to live, and when we were in Rome, we were by the house by the Spanish Steps where he died). I have been anticipating this movie ever since I heard they were making it.

It lived up to everything I could have ever wanted. It might be the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen - there is one shot of Fanny lying on her bed and the summer wind ruffling her dress in a wave, like a caress, which is the most perfect shot I have ever seen.

It is also the most romantic movie I have ever seen - it feels like a cinematic swoon, like being inside a poem, it makes me relive how intoxicating it is to fall in love. Sometimes I wanted to look away because I felt I was intruding.

It works even more so because it feels so real - all these people are people not characters - it is full of small events, small gestures, approacheable people, relatable joy and grief. And yet the movie manages the magic alchemy where I can believe that Keats is a genius and the Fanny is someone who can inspire such amazing poetry.

If you like Keats or poetry in general, or romantic movies, or period movies, or even plain well-made movies, you cannot miss seeing this.

Trailer:



They also had a number of trailers for movies I wanted to see and the only which caught my attention the most was one for Young Victoria. It was shocking to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in flagrante delicto. They would have died :)



But seriously - I am so intensely in love with Bright Star. And more than happy that one of my favorite poets got such a gorgeous tribute. That is how you do a movie about a writer's life-changing love affair - a pity those who made that silly Jane Austen in love movie last year did not learn that. Oh, and I have never seen either Abbie Cornish or Ben Whitshaw in anything before - but they were amazing. Everyone was. I really hope the movie, Jane Campion, and Cornish and Whitshaw get Oscar noms.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog by likestarlight)
I am bursting at the seams to watch Bright Star (opening next week), the movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne:



From a letter Fanne Brawne wrote to Keats' sister (also named Fanny) after his death:

"I am patient, resigned, very resigned. I know my Keats is happy, I know my Keats is happy, happier a thousand times than he could have been here, for Fanny, you do not, you never can know how much he has suffered. So much that I do believe, were it in my power I would not bring him back. All that grieves me now is that I was not with him, and so near it as I was. . . . he at least was never deceived about his complaint, though the Doctors were ignorant and unfeeling enough to send him to that wretched country to die, for it is now known that his recovery was impossible before he left us, and he might have died here with so many friends to soothe him and me me with him. All we have to console ourselves with is the great joy he felt that all his misfortunes were at an end."
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog by likestarlight)
I am bursting at the seams to watch Bright Star (opening next week), the movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne:



From a letter Fanne Brawne wrote to Keats' sister (also named Fanny) after his death:

"I am patient, resigned, very resigned. I know my Keats is happy, I know my Keats is happy, happier a thousand times than he could have been here, for Fanny, you do not, you never can know how much he has suffered. So much that I do believe, were it in my power I would not bring him back. All that grieves me now is that I was not with him, and so near it as I was. . . . he at least was never deceived about his complaint, though the Doctors were ignorant and unfeeling enough to send him to that wretched country to die, for it is now known that his recovery was impossible before he left us, and he might have died here with so many friends to soothe him and me me with him. All we have to console ourselves with is the great joy he felt that all his misfortunes were at an end."
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog by likestarlight)
I am bursting at the seams to watch Bright Star (opening next week), the movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne:



From a letter Fanne Brawne wrote to Keats' sister (also named Fanny) after his death:

"I am patient, resigned, very resigned. I know my Keats is happy, I know my Keats is happy, happier a thousand times than he could have been here, for Fanny, you do not, you never can know how much he has suffered. So much that I do believe, were it in my power I would not bring him back. All that grieves me now is that I was not with him, and so near it as I was. . . . he at least was never deceived about his complaint, though the Doctors were ignorant and unfeeling enough to send him to that wretched country to die, for it is now known that his recovery was impossible before he left us, and he might have died here with so many friends to soothe him and me me with him. All we have to console ourselves with is the great joy he felt that all his misfortunes were at an end."

Movie glee

May. 19th, 2009 01:11 pm
dangermousie: (SeI)
OMG YES. I have been eagerly, pathetically anticipating Mani Ratnam's next movie, a modern twist on the Ramayana (where Sita and Ravana might actually like each other *gasp*) with Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan for many many reasons: Mani being my favorite Indian director, liking Abhivariya (heee) together in movies, the story, Mani always getting the best performances out of his actors (Abhishek's best performance is in Yuva, IMO, and second best in Guru) but now I think I will utterly die of glee: his cinematographer walked out and he replaced him with Santosh Sivan. Yup. That Santosh Sivan, of Asoka and Dil Se.

*brb, screaming now*

I simply CANNOT wait for this movie. I should make a list of my most-anticipated Bolly flicks.

In other news, found these three clips from the Bright Star movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne. MMMMM. I defy you not to swoon.


Movie glee

May. 19th, 2009 01:11 pm
dangermousie: (SeI)
OMG YES. I have been eagerly, pathetically anticipating Mani Ratnam's next movie, a modern twist on the Ramayana (where Sita and Ravana might actually like each other *gasp*) with Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan for many many reasons: Mani being my favorite Indian director, liking Abhivariya (heee) together in movies, the story, Mani always getting the best performances out of his actors (Abhishek's best performance is in Yuva, IMO, and second best in Guru) but now I think I will utterly die of glee: his cinematographer walked out and he replaced him with Santosh Sivan. Yup. That Santosh Sivan, of Asoka and Dil Se.

*brb, screaming now*

I simply CANNOT wait for this movie. I should make a list of my most-anticipated Bolly flicks.

In other news, found these three clips from the Bright Star movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne. MMMMM. I defy you not to swoon.


Movie glee

May. 19th, 2009 01:11 pm
dangermousie: (SeI)
OMG YES. I have been eagerly, pathetically anticipating Mani Ratnam's next movie, a modern twist on the Ramayana (where Sita and Ravana might actually like each other *gasp*) with Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan for many many reasons: Mani being my favorite Indian director, liking Abhivariya (heee) together in movies, the story, Mani always getting the best performances out of his actors (Abhishek's best performance is in Yuva, IMO, and second best in Guru) but now I think I will utterly die of glee: his cinematographer walked out and he replaced him with Santosh Sivan. Yup. That Santosh Sivan, of Asoka and Dil Se.

*brb, screaming now*

I simply CANNOT wait for this movie. I should make a list of my most-anticipated Bolly flicks.

In other news, found these three clips from the Bright Star movie about Keats and Fanny Brawne. MMMMM. I defy you not to swoon.


dangermousie: (Legend: maple by alexandral)
There is a movie that just premiered at Cannes about John Keats and Fanny Brawne!



Called Bright Star and getting rave reviews apparently.

OMG.

OMG.

I need to lie down now.

See my fascination with this topic ages ago.

Here is one of his letters to her:

My dearest Girl,

I wrote a Letter for you yesterday expecting to have seen your mother. I shall be selfish enough to send it though I know it may give you a little pain, because I wish you to see how unhappy I am for love of you, and endeavour as much as I can to entice you to give up your whole heart to me whose whole existence hangs upon you. You could not step or move an eyelid but it would shoot to my heart - I am greedy of you - Do not think of any thing but me. Do not live as if I was not existing - Do not forget me - But have I any right to say you forget me? Perhaps you think of me all day. Have I any right to wish you to be unhappy for me? You would forgive me for wishing it, if you knew the extreme passion I have that you should love me - and for you to love me as I do you, you must think of no one but me, much less write that sentence. Yesterday and this morning I have been haunted with .a sweet vision - I have seen you the whole time in your shepherdess dress. How my senses have ached at it! How my heart has been devoted to it! How my eyes have been full of Tears at it! I[n]deed I think a real Love is enough to occupy the widest heart - Your going to town alone, when I heard of it was a shock to me - yet I expected it - promise me you will not for some time, till I get better. Promise me this and fill the paper full of the most endearing mames [for names]. If you cannot do so with good will, do my Love tell me - say what you think - confess if your heart is too much fasten'd on the world. Perhaps then I may see you at a greater distance, I may not be able to appropriate you so closely to myself. Were you to loose a favorite bird from the cage, how would your eyes ache after it as long as it was in sight; when out of sight you would recover a little. Perphaps if you would, if so it is, confess to me how many things are necessary to you besides me, I might be happier, by being less tantaliz'd. Well may you exclaim, how selfish, how cruel, not to let me enjoy my youth! to wish me to be unhappy! You must be so if you love me - upon my Soul I can be contented with nothing else. If you could really what is call'd enjoy yourself at a Party - if you can smile in peoples faces, and wish them to admire you now, you never have nor ever will love me - I see life in nothing but the cerrtainty of your Love - convince me of it my sweetest. If I am not somehow convinc'd I shall die of agony. If we love we must not live as other men and women do - I cannot brook the wolfsbane of fashion and foppery and tattle. You must be mine to die upon the rack if I want you. I do not pretend to say I have more feeling than my fellows - but I wish you seriously to look over my letters kind and unkind and consider whether the Person who wrote them can be able to endure much longer the agonies and uncertainties which you are so peculiarly made to create - My recovery of bodily hea[l]th will be of no benefit to me if you are not all mine when I am well. For god's sake save me - or tell me my passion is of too awful a nature for you. Again God bless you

J.K.

No-my sweet Fanny-I am wrong. I do not want you to be unhappy - and yet I do, I must while there is so sweet a Beauty - my loveliest my darling! Good bye! I kiss you - O the torments!



dangermousie: (Legend: maple by alexandral)
There is a movie that just premiered at Cannes about John Keats and Fanny Brawne!



Called Bright Star and getting rave reviews apparently.

OMG.

OMG.

I need to lie down now.

See my fascination with this topic ages ago.

Here is one of his letters to her:

My dearest Girl,

I wrote a Letter for you yesterday expecting to have seen your mother. I shall be selfish enough to send it though I know it may give you a little pain, because I wish you to see how unhappy I am for love of you, and endeavour as much as I can to entice you to give up your whole heart to me whose whole existence hangs upon you. You could not step or move an eyelid but it would shoot to my heart - I am greedy of you - Do not think of any thing but me. Do not live as if I was not existing - Do not forget me - But have I any right to say you forget me? Perhaps you think of me all day. Have I any right to wish you to be unhappy for me? You would forgive me for wishing it, if you knew the extreme passion I have that you should love me - and for you to love me as I do you, you must think of no one but me, much less write that sentence. Yesterday and this morning I have been haunted with .a sweet vision - I have seen you the whole time in your shepherdess dress. How my senses have ached at it! How my heart has been devoted to it! How my eyes have been full of Tears at it! I[n]deed I think a real Love is enough to occupy the widest heart - Your going to town alone, when I heard of it was a shock to me - yet I expected it - promise me you will not for some time, till I get better. Promise me this and fill the paper full of the most endearing mames [for names]. If you cannot do so with good will, do my Love tell me - say what you think - confess if your heart is too much fasten'd on the world. Perhaps then I may see you at a greater distance, I may not be able to appropriate you so closely to myself. Were you to loose a favorite bird from the cage, how would your eyes ache after it as long as it was in sight; when out of sight you would recover a little. Perphaps if you would, if so it is, confess to me how many things are necessary to you besides me, I might be happier, by being less tantaliz'd. Well may you exclaim, how selfish, how cruel, not to let me enjoy my youth! to wish me to be unhappy! You must be so if you love me - upon my Soul I can be contented with nothing else. If you could really what is call'd enjoy yourself at a Party - if you can smile in peoples faces, and wish them to admire you now, you never have nor ever will love me - I see life in nothing but the cerrtainty of your Love - convince me of it my sweetest. If I am not somehow convinc'd I shall die of agony. If we love we must not live as other men and women do - I cannot brook the wolfsbane of fashion and foppery and tattle. You must be mine to die upon the rack if I want you. I do not pretend to say I have more feeling than my fellows - but I wish you seriously to look over my letters kind and unkind and consider whether the Person who wrote them can be able to endure much longer the agonies and uncertainties which you are so peculiarly made to create - My recovery of bodily hea[l]th will be of no benefit to me if you are not all mine when I am well. For god's sake save me - or tell me my passion is of too awful a nature for you. Again God bless you

J.K.

No-my sweet Fanny-I am wrong. I do not want you to be unhappy - and yet I do, I must while there is so sweet a Beauty - my loveliest my darling! Good bye! I kiss you - O the torments!



dangermousie: (Legend: maple by alexandral)
There is a movie that just premiered at Cannes about John Keats and Fanny Brawne!



Called Bright Star and getting rave reviews apparently.

OMG.

OMG.

I need to lie down now.

See my fascination with this topic ages ago.

Here is one of his letters to her:

My dearest Girl,

I wrote a Letter for you yesterday expecting to have seen your mother. I shall be selfish enough to send it though I know it may give you a little pain, because I wish you to see how unhappy I am for love of you, and endeavour as much as I can to entice you to give up your whole heart to me whose whole existence hangs upon you. You could not step or move an eyelid but it would shoot to my heart - I am greedy of you - Do not think of any thing but me. Do not live as if I was not existing - Do not forget me - But have I any right to say you forget me? Perhaps you think of me all day. Have I any right to wish you to be unhappy for me? You would forgive me for wishing it, if you knew the extreme passion I have that you should love me - and for you to love me as I do you, you must think of no one but me, much less write that sentence. Yesterday and this morning I have been haunted with .a sweet vision - I have seen you the whole time in your shepherdess dress. How my senses have ached at it! How my heart has been devoted to it! How my eyes have been full of Tears at it! I[n]deed I think a real Love is enough to occupy the widest heart - Your going to town alone, when I heard of it was a shock to me - yet I expected it - promise me you will not for some time, till I get better. Promise me this and fill the paper full of the most endearing mames [for names]. If you cannot do so with good will, do my Love tell me - say what you think - confess if your heart is too much fasten'd on the world. Perhaps then I may see you at a greater distance, I may not be able to appropriate you so closely to myself. Were you to loose a favorite bird from the cage, how would your eyes ache after it as long as it was in sight; when out of sight you would recover a little. Perphaps if you would, if so it is, confess to me how many things are necessary to you besides me, I might be happier, by being less tantaliz'd. Well may you exclaim, how selfish, how cruel, not to let me enjoy my youth! to wish me to be unhappy! You must be so if you love me - upon my Soul I can be contented with nothing else. If you could really what is call'd enjoy yourself at a Party - if you can smile in peoples faces, and wish them to admire you now, you never have nor ever will love me - I see life in nothing but the cerrtainty of your Love - convince me of it my sweetest. If I am not somehow convinc'd I shall die of agony. If we love we must not live as other men and women do - I cannot brook the wolfsbane of fashion and foppery and tattle. You must be mine to die upon the rack if I want you. I do not pretend to say I have more feeling than my fellows - but I wish you seriously to look over my letters kind and unkind and consider whether the Person who wrote them can be able to endure much longer the agonies and uncertainties which you are so peculiarly made to create - My recovery of bodily hea[l]th will be of no benefit to me if you are not all mine when I am well. For god's sake save me - or tell me my passion is of too awful a nature for you. Again God bless you

J.K.

No-my sweet Fanny-I am wrong. I do not want you to be unhappy - and yet I do, I must while there is so sweet a Beauty - my loveliest my darling! Good bye! I kiss you - O the torments!



dangermousie: (Default)
I've just bought a book containing selected letters of John Keats, who was one of my favorite poets (and who died of TB at 25, which is a hideous waste). It's always an odd experience reading someone else's private letters. It makes you feel intrusive and yet can give you better access to understanding personality than 20 biographies. Basically, I am not stopping any time soon!

Anyway, here are three of the letters he wrote to his fiancee Fanny Brawne. If they don't make you swoon, I don't know what's wrong with you!

Keats met Fanny in November of 1818 and fell "instantly" in love with her, to the dismay of both her family and his contemporaries. The couple became secretly engaged soon after. However, in the winter of 1820 Keats became very ill. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis. His health progressively declined and in a final effort to save his own life, he moved to Italy where died in 1821, at the age of 25. Buried with him, close to his heart, was an unopened letter from Fanny.

Gorgeous letters here )

If you want to read more on Keats and Fanny Brawne, this webpage is excellent.
dangermousie: (Default)
I've just bought a book containing selected letters of John Keats, who was one of my favorite poets (and who died of TB at 25, which is a hideous waste). It's always an odd experience reading someone else's private letters. It makes you feel intrusive and yet can give you better access to understanding personality than 20 biographies. Basically, I am not stopping any time soon!

Anyway, here are three of the letters he wrote to his fiancee Fanny Brawne. If they don't make you swoon, I don't know what's wrong with you!

Keats met Fanny in November of 1818 and fell "instantly" in love with her, to the dismay of both her family and his contemporaries. The couple became secretly engaged soon after. However, in the winter of 1820 Keats became very ill. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis. His health progressively declined and in a final effort to save his own life, he moved to Italy where died in 1821, at the age of 25. Buried with him, close to his heart, was an unopened letter from Fanny.

Gorgeous letters here )

If you want to read more on Keats and Fanny Brawne, this webpage is excellent.
dangermousie: (Default)
I've just bought a book containing selected letters of John Keats, who was one of my favorite poets (and who died of TB at 25, which is a hideous waste). It's always an odd experience reading someone else's private letters. It makes you feel intrusive and yet can give you better access to understanding personality than 20 biographies. Basically, I am not stopping any time soon!

Anyway, here are three of the letters he wrote to his fiancee Fanny Brawne. If they don't make you swoon, I don't know what's wrong with you!

Keats met Fanny in November of 1818 and fell "instantly" in love with her, to the dismay of both her family and his contemporaries. The couple became secretly engaged soon after. However, in the winter of 1820 Keats became very ill. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis. His health progressively declined and in a final effort to save his own life, he moved to Italy where died in 1821, at the age of 25. Buried with him, close to his heart, was an unopened letter from Fanny.

Gorgeous letters here )

If you want to read more on Keats and Fanny Brawne, this webpage is excellent.

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