Bright Star
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Bright Star

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Director: Jane Campion

Cast: Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Kerry Fox

     
 
Jane Campion's literary biopic tells the true story of Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), a 23-year-old Londoner in 1818 whose independent streak manifests itself through an intense interest and love for fashion and dressmaking. Her neighbor, the struggling but gifted young poet John Keats (

Overview

Jane Campion's literary biopic tells the true story of Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), a 23-year-old Londoner in 1818 whose independent streak manifests itself through an intense interest and love for fashion and dressmaking. Her neighbor, the struggling but gifted young poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), underestimates her intelligence because he believes she's frivolous, and she, having no interest in literature, seems thoroughly disinterested in him. However, Fanny attempts to help the Keats family when John's brother becomes gravely ill, and in order to express his gratitude John agrees to teach her poetry -- leading Fanny and John to quickly fall deeply and profoundly in love with each other. Although they wish to wed, his lack of finances and his writing partner (Paul Schneider) -- who believes she is nothing more than an unwelcome distraction -- keep the two from marrying.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0043396334144
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
28,310

Special Features

Deleted scene; Becoming Keats and Fanny featurette; Setting the scene featurette; An inspiring romance featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Whishaw John Keats
Abbie Cornish Fanny Brawne
Kerry Fox Mrs. Brawne
Paul Schneider Charles Armitage Brown
Edie Martin Toots
Thomas Sangster Samuel
Claudie Blakley Maria Dilke
Gerard Monaco Charles Dilke
Antonia Campbell-Hughes Abigail
Samuel Roukin Reynolds
Amanda Hale Reynolds Sister
Lucinda Raikes Reynolds Sister
Samuel Barnett Mr. Severn
Jonathan Aris Mr. Hunt
Olly Alexander Tom Keats
Francois Testory Dance Master
Theresa Watson Charlotte
Vincent Franklin Dr. Bree
Eileen Davies Mrs. Bentley
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Shopkeeper
Sally Reeve Landlady
Sebastian Armesto Mr. Haslam
Adrian Schiller Mr. Taylor
Alfred Harmsworth Charles Dilke, Jr.
Lucas Motion Suitor at Ball
Topper The Cat

Technical Credits
Jane Campion Director,Screenwriter
Mark Bradshaw Score Composer
Jan Chapman Producer
Alexandre de Franceschi Editor
Greig Fraser Cinematographer
Caroline Hewitt Producer
François Ivernel Executive Producer
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Cameron Mccracken Executive Producer
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Janet Patterson Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer,Production Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bright Star
1. Scene 1 [4:41]
2. Scene 2 [4:30]
3. Scene 3 [2:46]
4. Scene 4 [5:21]
5. Scene 5 [3:30]
6. Scene 6 [3:51]
7. Scene 7 [4:29]
8. Scene 8 [5:29]
9. Scene 9 [3:46]
10. Scene 10 [3:24]
11. Scene 11 [1:57]
12. Scene 12 [3:23]
13. Scene 13 [4:55]
14. Scene 14 [5:14]
15. Scene 15 [2:45]
16. Scene 16 [4:39]
17. Scene 17 [1:36]
18. Scene 18 [2:47]
19. Scene 19 [4:36]
20. Scene 20 [2:13]
21. Scene 21 [4:04]
22. Scene 22 [3:59]
23. Scene 23 [3:29]
24. Scene 24 [5:23]
25. Scene 25 [4:50]
26. Scene 26 [5:04]
27. Scene 27 [3:53]
28. Scene 28 [12:14]

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Bright Star 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
memoire More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!I watched it theater and I fell in love. I recommend this movie.Especially for those who love literature and the arts. A must see movie. cant wait till i comes out for DVD. <3
annonymous More than 1 year ago
We are sorry we missed this in theaters. We enjoyed visiting the past for one evening.
SHG-4913 More than 1 year ago
Excellent in every way....acting, script, locations, costumes. Great romance.
RomanticNerd More than 1 year ago
Since this movie is based on the life of the great romantic poet John Keats I knew how it was going to end but it took NOTHING away from the experience. You felt every emotion that went through Fanny and John. And the fun slightly whimsical costuming gave this tragic love story a nice bright spot. If you like period romances this movie is definitely for you. Ben Shaw is amazing, beyond amazing as John Keats. He completely embodies the essence you would expect from one of the greatest poets in history. I am usually not one for movies that I know will end sadly, but I still had a desire to see this film and wow it will just blow you away. I ran out and bought it immediately. You are drawn in from the opening moment and leaves you wanting so much more at the end. I don't even know what really to say, other than you have to see this movie if you like a good romance, or even just a good historical story! WATCH BRIGHT STAR!
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8gen More than 1 year ago
This is an exquisite film. Jane Campion has combined superlative script writing and direction with equally fine acting, cinematography and costume design. Men and women both will enjoy the passion, beauty and romance of Bright Star.
mermaidprincessID More than 1 year ago
"Bright Star," directed by Jane Campion, brings the story of Keats and Fanny Brawne to life in breathtaking images, complex characters and fine acting. Each scene looks like a painting - set design and costumes are amazing, and the story heartbreakingly romantic... and true.
Robyn_hood More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie, and it now ranks up there with my favorite of all time. A true love tragedy, John Keats fell in love with the love of his life and wrote his masterpieces just before he fell stricken with tuberculosis. The poetry, the conversations and wit, the visuals, are all heart warming and heart wrenching. A scene of Fanny reading Keats' letters in a field of blue bells remains entrenching in my mind. This story is beautiful as Keats' poetry was. Ben Whinshaw )not sure if I spelled it correctly) was phenomenal as Keats. Some might have seen him as Sebastian in Brideshead Revisited or as the murderer in Perfume. He is tortured and romantic. I see an Oscar or British Academy Award in his future. Abbie Cornish is a young Nicole Kidman. She stole my heart has the eager, stylish, Fanny. If you love poetry and love stories, this movie is for you.
rbx More than 1 year ago
Keats. this film oozes the romanticism of its subject's writing style and time period w/o missing the honesty in these characters and their interactions that allows it to be so relatable--as a love story, and as a story about society, economy, and life. Beautiful costumes and cinematography. beautiful intonations and use of words. really comes down to such basics. and those basics came together in a way that really surprised me. the what-ifs that we are compelled to ask as we watch the characters make choices that are often constrained or directed by that moment in time and setting, help drive the story and the interest in it. and must say, maybe the most nuanced and beautifully performed player of all is Brown. the 'friend' of both main characters who demonstrates the realities of social awkwardness and boundaries and difficulties and general conflict. played beautifully by the guy from NBC's Parks and Recreation (Paul Schneider--who is being written out of that show precisely because of his pending film career). i was absolutely driven to review specifically the portions of the movie w/ him in them. very well done.
Alexgrey More than 1 year ago
The true beauty of 'Bright Star' is how quiet it is. If you want a film where things blow up, stay away from this one. But if your looking for a film with romantic longing, performances that are so great they stick in your hear, as well as some of the most beautiful poetry then this is for you. The true heart of this film is Abbie Cornish who proves that shes one of the best actresses working, her performance is both girlish and restrained. She has a great curiosity and passion that come off beautifully. Ben Whishaw is great as well, you never know what hes thinking.The last fifteen minutes of the film are filled with raw emotion and honesty, it was hard to breath at times because I was so swept up. The music, script, direction and supporting performances are all perfect. The film puts you in a sort of trance that makes you want to watch it again and again to realize what it is, but like all great work weather it be film, poetry or a painting you dont know why it has the effect on you it does, it just simply does. To quote keats 'Was it a vision, or a waking dream'?. Easily the best film of 2009. And the most romantic film in years.
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