Bright Star

Today we went to see Bright Star, the film by Jane Campion about the relationship between John Keats and Fannie Brawne. It was a stunning film from the opening to the closing scenes. I must say that while I couldn’t remember any specific poems of his, prior to going to see the film,  I did hear enough specific phrases from his work, during the film, to remind me that so much of his work has passed into general usage that it is often better known through parody, rather than in its own right. Perhaps the greatest testament to the quality of the film was that all but two of the people in our session of the film sat silently through the complete end-credits during which Ben Whishaw (the actor who plays Keats) read Ode to a Nightingale.

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