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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

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Dear friends,

Just 5 more posts and Blogtember will come to an end... I will be sad as this was an awesome journey to take. Here is today's topic: "Tuesday, September 24: Review a book, place, or product."

I was thinking about what to speak of in this blog since almost 2 weeks ago... So many options... so many possibilities... but I choose to go with reviewing a movie. A movie I love and a movie I would like to share with everyone who has eyes to see the beauty in it. Due to that I also introduced another page in my blog: "Movies LadyBug Enjoys" - I will try to review movies I like and link them there :) "Bright Star" will open the list as it deserves it... so... here we are... brace yourself as this shall be a long one ;)))

About "Bright Star" - 2009

Bright Star is a 2009 film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne. It stars Ben Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny. The movie is a British/Australian co-production that competed in the main competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and was first shown to the public on 15 May 2009. The film's title is a reference to a sonnet by Keats named "Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art", which he wrote while he was with Brawne.


In addition to "Bright Star" several other poems are recited in the film, including "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" and "Ode to a Nightingale". Both Campion and Whishaw completed extensive research in preparation for the film. Many of the lines in the script are taken directly from Keats' letters. Whishaw, as well, learned how to write with a quill and ink during filming. The letters that Fanny Brawne receives from Keats in the film were actually written by Whishaw in his own hand.


Bright Star is indeed a movie to behold! Even though it is relatively unknown people who appreciate art and love period movies will have watched it and listed as favorite. When the poet John Keats meets Fanny the inevitable happens and the 2 immediately connect. As much as we would love a happy end we will not have it, as Keats died young (at the age of 25) and alone...


The cast was originally and very well chosen and you can truly believe Ben Whishaw looks like how Keats must have looked - this very realistic dying youth look, troubled and yet very wise. Abbie Cornish makes the perfect match for Ben (whom you, of course, know from the movie "The Perfume") and she has a very wide emotion range - to be sure! from happiness to sadness to being curious about life and art to being so very UN-attracted of poems/sonnets and becoming after that a huge fan (after reading Endymion - It begins with the line "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever")...


I must admit that Fanny was a women of my liking! At the age of 16, when she first saw Keats, she was quite a feisty and fiery woman! She was sharp tongued and she already had her career path well stabilized. She was a woman of fashion and yet she knew nothing of poetry. She was artistic yet she knew nothing of the art that touched people souls and connected millions! She meets Keats and she is taken off guard by his poems and the way he thinks... she falls in love with his soul, his soul that she can feel through his poems yet she cannot fully understand it (being such a practical woman...). So she asks for help...


She asks for help from Keats so that he would teach her about poetry... She asks for help, when in fact the help is done mutually as they were perfect for one another... Keats brings so much in this relationship and we see him struggling with himself, with the love he has for poetry and for the act of creation VS. the love for Fanny, that in a way he does not know how to recognize and act upon... For Fanny all things come a bit more easy... Though Bright Star portrays her as the girl who has a reputation for flirting and having an obsession with fashion (Beau Brummel was her father’s cousin), Campion presents her as being very much in love with Keats, a girl who, though finding his poetry difficult, hangs on every word of his letters and becomes ill when he does not write to her. Bright Star depicts Fanny as a daring young woman who refused to conform to convention, in love with a dying, penniless poet.


In Bright Star, Campion offers her own interpretation of the nature of their romance, relying heavily on Andrew Motion’s 1997 biography of Keats.  In this biography, Andrew Motion presents Fanny as someone who was devoted to Keats, though Keats’ own ambivalence made it difficult for her to express her feelings for him.  After Keats’ death, Fanny cropped her hair and wore mourning for three years, just as if they had really been married, never taking off the ring he had given her (Motion 568).  She did eventually marry, but evidently rarely spoke of her relationship with Keats.  For many years after Keats’ death, most of the admirers of his poetry were unaware of Fanny’s identity. Thirteen years after her death in 1865, her family made public the letters that Keats had written to her.  Many of Keats’ admirers thought it was in bad taste for Fanny to have even kept the letters, much less that her family should allow them to be published.   In 1937, Fanny’s letters to Keats’ sister were published.  In one letter she writes of her continued feelings for Keats:   “They think I have [forgotten him].   But I have not got over it and never shall” (Motion 568). (Source can be found HERE)


The way the movie was filmed is just amazing - the combination of light and set, the colors, the texture, everything blends in perfectly and connects to the feelings Fanny and Keats are revealing us in each and every frame of the picture. The costumes are perfect and they are fitting for each scene and each person. You can see how much work they put in creating the perfect environment for the 2 lovers...


Just look at the pictures I attached on the post... look at this picture when they both are together on the bed - their clothes match and they blend in with the surrounding environment... like they are trying to hide away from the world, in their own little place, where their hearts can join... where he can recite to her poetry and where she understands his heart...


The way the movie is shot is beyond words for me... I wish I were Fanny and I would read Keats love letters... sitting by the window, covered by the flight of the butterflies, thinking I would like to be one...


As I said, the costumes are amazing, and Fanny's dresses and coats and hats are of her making, so you can see how young and talented she was... I dare say she was a girl ahead of her time, with modern views. Keats was though lost in his time... Yet! Somehow they managed to match... Who said that opposites attract was indeed right in their case...

Keats composing...
This dress is gorgeous but I would cut off the collar... That is too much of a statement for me...
I adored Fanny in this scene, when she disturbs Keats just to bring his the freshness from outside, from the world...
Adorable human beings... Just look at Keats with flowers in his hair...

I love this setting! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Look at that flower field! Look at her dress! And she wears the hair as I usually wear mine! I could be her, could I not? :p I wish one day I will manage to have a picture taken like that... for me it looks so magical... and her reading his letter and sitting in the green grass and covered with blue flowers and looking at the clear blue sky is just a wonderful scene! (swooning...)

One of the movies wallpapers :) LOVE IT!!!
This scene is so soothing...

This is again one of my personal fav scenes in the movie... The light coming in the room, the curtain floating and Fanny all dressed up in that lovely creamy dress with the red-white overcoat (thingie...that I have no name for...) is just magical for me... You can actually feel the breeze on your skin and feel the bed she is laying on, the softness and the feeling of cool in the air, along with the thousand of wings fluttering by (from the butterflies she used to keep, as they were reminding her of him...)... It gives one a sense on peace somehow...

The butterflies...

But as butterflies live only one day, their love did not last long... Keats dies at a very young age (25 years old) and Fanny has to live on with her heart broken by her first true love...

Do see this movie, as it is totally worthwhile to watch! I bumped into it by mistake and I loved it so much that I bought the DVD so I would always have it available to re-watch. If you are a fan of period movies, of drama, and of documentaries, you will love it!

Yours truly,
The Keats and Fanny Fan :) LadyBug :)