Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bright Star


Victorian period classics are by far my favorite genre of movie! I get lost in day dreams of falling into forbidden love, wearing layers of lace and lying on an English summers day, with the latest Austen novel in hand, in a field of lavender...Oh how I wish I had lived in the times of bonnets, and parasols! But alas, it is 2010 and I must wake from my dream and tell you about my new favorite costume drama 'BRIGHT STAR'!

Set in early 19th century London, the drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and early 'fashionista' Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25.

I won't tell you everything about the movie (although if you know anything of Keats's life, then you already know the plot I suppose.)
However, I can guarantee that no history book could ever offer as much to this story as this on screen brilliance can! I cried, I laughed, I got angry... It did everything to me that a movie should! The cinematography was beautiful, and the acting incredible! It was everything I wanted it to be and so much more! Bright Star gets a perfect 10 from me! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

'Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art-- Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round earth's human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and the moors-- No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable, Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast, To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever--or else swoon to death.'
--
John Keats--

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