Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Inspiration: Bright Star

Uh, I'm not sure how to explain this. This is a long-ass post, and I'm holding myself back. I had a good two pages of my feelings on Keats and his poems and letters before I realized that I ought to get to the dress as soon as possible, and save the rest for my thesis.

When I first heard of Bright Star (alternate title: A Girl Sitting at a Window with Her Cat), I was dubious. I have that very particular feeling, that sense of snobbish ownership, about Keats and his works. It's really hard to fight the rising aggression that surfaces whenever a quotation is out-of-place, so strangely transplanted in an alien context (my only other real qualm is something many period movies are guilty of. When a woman moves from one room to the next carrying her embroidery with her, but not bringing any extra thread or scissors. Irritated!). But that's a silly attitude to have--movies about real people aren't really about them at all, and besides all that, it's just one little image, one rendering of a version of a story about a person who existed. Not to mention (but I'm going to mention it anyway) that anyone who says this is a movie about Keats is surely missing every point ever pointed. It's a movie about Fanny, and after decades and ages of scholarship maligning her, I think this is a nice reprieve. I love that the movie parallels Keats and writing, with Fanny and sewing, making her a poet in her own sense.

But besides all of that, the movie is a gorgeous watch. It has become a site of my primary spring inspiration this year--all dotted swiss, strange collars, light cotton blouses, pastels, stripes in pale colors, and triple-strap flats. I especially love that we see Fanny wearing the same items over and over in different ways. The sea-green over-dress she wears pops up in springy scenes with a blouse in the same shade, and later she wears it over a cotton tunic lounging around the bed in hot weather. One of my favorite details is that both Fanny and her sister have dresses in matching fabrics--because of course, you wouldn't just buy enough to make one dress, but enough to get several items out of it. I think my favorite is the light brown and cream striped dress that pops up a few times (under a pink striped jacket--not shown--with white blouses both frilly and plain).

I also love the men's dress in this, although my interest there is mostly limited to Samuel Brawne, following around the background with his tall straw hat and light-colored spring suit (my favorite though, must be the striped jacket he wears in the kitchen and in the fields catching butterflies).

And of course, I can't resist a movie with a girl and a cat.

(Since I am incapable of controlling myself, I tried to use smaller versions of the stills to save you from too much extra scrolling and giant images!)
































































In the end, if I can just dress like this for spring, and even summer, it will be a good year.

23 comments:

  1. I loved this movie purely for the cinematography! the images you have captured definitely are wonderful!! I loved the scene with the butterflies in their bedroom.

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  2. i love this film! beautiful images :)

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  3. i, too, believe this movie to be quite the visual feast, but sadly, am not a Keats scholar like you, just a girls who likes pretty words and wishes there were more handwritten notes and letters instead of those darned texts ...

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  4. The cat in "Bright Star" looks a lot like my cat.

    Also, this movie has beautiful cinematography if these images are anything to go by. I might have to watch it.

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  5. I loved this movie. I never read Keats (shame on me), but I'm planning to.

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  6. This film looks too lovely for words. I can't wait to see it! Thank you for your enticing screen caps:)

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  7. Who can resist a movie about women in pretty dresses and cats? Not me.

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  8. While I am no literature scholar, I am a film major and aesthetically this film looks very promising! I also love Ben Wishaw's acting, he is such a talented young man, I wish he starred in films more often. Though I must say, Abbie Cornish does not look too good in this role, she used to be so beautiful but here she looks like she's gained a lot of weight :(

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  9. Oooh! This movie is in my queue and I had no idea just how lovely it was. Thank you for this!

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  10. this is one of the most beautifully filmed movies i've ever seen... thanks for sharing these stills from it (i simply can't get enough).

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  11. A friend told me to watch this movie and once I did, I actually pressed play again and watched it a second time. It's so beautiful and the scene with the butterflies allover the room is amazing. Also the cat reminds me of my precious kitty. Love the still and images in this post!

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  12. I rather liked the movie and much of the clothing too... and Swiss dot is a favorite of mine ever since I saw a dress made with in in England a while ago... :D :D :D

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  13. I was skeptical of this film at first too but really ended up loving it. I cried at the end

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  14. I love the tuxedo cat he is so adorable I have a gray and white kitty thats my heart! I love the dresses in the movie too, but then I'm such an Anglo file, most anything English gets me!

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  15. The stills from the film are gorgeous! I hadn't heard of it but now I'm really interested. Thanks for sharing it.
    XOXO

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  16. oh i LOOOOVE jane campion. this movie is magnificent. every single image is so perfect and amazingly beautiful. thanks ;)

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  17. I didn't enjoy this movie as much as I had hoped. My main reason for going to see it was because it was directed by the indomitable Jane Campion. It was a visual feast by all counts. Dusky with bursts of colour, images of flora, fauna and people that all linger long in the memory.

    I understand what you mean when you say that you held yourself back when writing this post. I haven't read any keats, even though many of my friends are avid fans. I feel this way about the Brontes.

    What is the title of your thesis? Are you doing it part time?

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  18. And now I'll have to watch this :)

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  19. The Atmosphere reminds me a little of the movie, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Different place, different time, but texturally as lovely. Thanks for the screenshots. :)

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  20. This was the most lovely movie... I've watched it multiple times and it always seems to inspire me in new ways. :)

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  21. From your photos, it looks beautiful! I am definitely going watch it now! Thanks for sharing:) Cute blog by the way!

    xo Natasha


    http://garagegypsy.blogspot.com

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  22. This is truly a beautiful post. I loved this movie and those picture really helped me to remember those beautiful and poetic moments. I really like the way you describe it, especially when you say that Fanny was a poet in her own way. Thank you for this adorable article, I really LOVED it! Now following you. :)

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