Ever since I saw Bright Star, I've been wanting to go back and see it again. It's a gorgeous and tough-minded film; I've seen it praised in a couple places for its "restraint" and while that feels like an appropriate description, it might, used in the context of a movie about John Keat's love affair with Fanny Brawne, leave a reader with the impression that Bright Star is a soft or quiet film, which it most definitely isn't. I think the restraint being praised is actually rigor; as if Campion had a bolt of silk and shot it through every yard or so with whalebone. Yes, it's beautiful, but it also stands up straight.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Hey, someone else likes Bright Star as much as I do. The phrase "tough-minded" is very well chosen and there's a costume-centered video clip at the end as well. (About Last Night)