Friday Favorites

Since I teach film at Exeter High School, I am always looking for great movies to share with my classes. I am especially excited when I find a  movie that presents people with great character.  One such movie, a favorite of mine, is called Bright Star,   directed by Jane Campion and starring Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish.

It is the story of John Keats, one of the greatest Romantic poets from England and his unrequited romance with the love of his life, Fanny Brawne.  John Keats was a poor man who wrote beautiful poetry, but the critics at the time did not recognize his  great skill.  He wanted to marry Fanny, but financial troubles kept him from doing so.  Unfortunately, Keats  contracted TB after nursing both his mother and younger brother until their deaths from the disease, and he eventually died while in Italy.  Fanny was back in England and was devastated when she heard the news of his death.

This movie is a tear jerker at the end, but the story of these two people of high character is very uplifting.  In addition, the cinematography of this film is strikingly beautiful.     There is one scene where Fanny is lying on her bed as she thinks of Keats, and the wind gently blows a sheer curtain across the room and over to the bed that she is in. It moves in slow motion and is visually stunning.

Many scenes are shot outdoors in the England countryside.   It is eye candy for any lover of film.

You can find this film at Netflicks as an instant play.


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