Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Bright Star

[For those curious, this is a regular feature over at The Film Experience. Previous entries can be found here.]

Bright Star is easily one of my favorite films. Just the quiet simplicity of it is something that should be appreciated more in other films. Whether it's Campion's direction, the performances from Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish (both of whom still have yet to receive their proper moment in the Hollywood spotlight) or Grieg Fraser's cinematography (how does he not have an Oscar nomination yet?), it's a film that's (fittingly) visual poetry.

The best shot of Bright Star
It's this shot that I feel sums up the entirety of the film. It combines the two passions of John Keats' short life: writing and Fanny Brawne. It's this bit of editing by Alexandre de Franceschi that makes me adore the film even more.

I truly and deeply hope that more people will seek this film out.

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