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Bright Star (2009) - Oscar ® Nominee!

Director: Jane Campion     Starring: Ben Whishaw Abbie Cornish
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Format: DVD
Sku: 212967154
UPC: 043396334144
UPC 14: 00043396334144
Rating: Game Rating Code
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|First Love Burns Brightest.
A touching and timeless tale of the passionate romance between english poet john keats and his beloved muse.

"A fine-boned, luminous tribute to Keats and the sufferings of love.  Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Masterfully put-together, made with confidence, intelligence and command.  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/6/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00043396334144
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Paul Schneider
Video Cast Info Kerry Fox
Video Cast Info Ben Whishaw
Video Cast Info Abbie Cornish
Video Cast Info Thomas Sangster
Video Cast Info Jan Chapman - Producer
Video Cast Info Caroline Hewitt - Producer
Video Cast Info Jane Campion - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Francois Ivernel - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Cameron McCracken - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Christine Langan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David M. Thompson - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Greig Fraser - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mark Bradshaw - Composer
Video Cast Info Jane Campion - Director


Oscar (2010)
   Video Award Name Janet Patterson, Nominee, Best Achievement in Costume Design

Cannes Film Festival (2009)
   Video Award Name Jane Campion, Nominee, Golden Palm

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"[Campion] shows us here the beautiful sanctuaries that word and image create together, and the reasons why life requires us -- like Fanny -- to abandon them." 09/01/2009

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "Campion's innate sense of storytelling technique meshes the strands together, all adding up to a study in passion and tragedy that vigorously holds fast to period sensibilities and so keeps an audience firmly in its embrace." 09/18/2009

New York Times
"The movie really belongs to Brawne, played with mesmerizing vitality and heart-stopping grace by Abbie Cornish." 09/18/2009

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- ?The film, shot by the gifted Greig Fraser, is a thing of beauty to match the snippets of Keats we hear on the soundtrack.? 10/01/2009

Entertainment Weekly
?[A] quiet, luscious, stately meditation....[Cornish delivers a] lovely, openhearted performance...? -- Grade: A- 09/25/2009

Los Angeles Times
"[A]n exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint....Campion demonstrates her gift for making the dailiness of distant lives vivid and convincing." 09/18/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] beautiful, wistful film....What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty." 09/23/2009

Wall Street Journal
?The production is modest in physical scale, mostly reserved in tone and touchingly simple in design. Yet the effect is exhilarating, and deeply pleasurable.? 09/18/2009

Washington Post
"BRIGHT STAR, Jane Campion's rapturous ode to tragic love, radiates beauty that's at once extravagant and spare, which is altogether fitting for its subjects." 09/25/2009

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Campion sticks close to the facts and relies on the power and emotional poignancy of the situation -- and some superbly sensitive acting -- for the impact of her film." 10/30/2009

Los Angeles Times
Included in Los Angeles Times's "Best Films Of 2009" -- "This is a film that reminds us what a singular voice filmmaker Jane Campion has..." 12/20/2009

3 star out of 5 -- "Campion pulls off a challenge that's thwarted generations of filmmakers before her. Pretty and sincere..." 05/01/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
John Keats wasn't meekly posing as a Romantic poet. He was the real thing, and the last born of the group that also included Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. He died at 25 and remains forever young...The great and only love of his life was Fanny Brawne, the daughter of his landlady. He lived with his friend, Charles Brown, and she with her mother, sister and brother in the two halves of a Hampstead cottage so small, it gives meaning to the phrase "living in each other's pockets." Their love was grand and poetic and -- apart from some sweet kisses -- platonic, for he had neither the means nor the health to propose marriage, and they were not moved to violate the moral code of what was not yet quite the Victorian era...Hampstead in those days was a village on the slopes north of London, almost rural, where shepherds could graze their flocks on the public land of Hampstead Heath. Coleridge lived not far way in Highgate, and the two met during their rambles on the heath. To support oneself seems to have been relatively possible, despite Dickens' portraits of poverty at the time. Mrs. Brawne (Kerry Fox) observes to her daughter that he has "no living and no income," the volumes of verse brought in only a few pounds, but when it is time for Keats to live in Italy, he finds the means. It appears that an English gentleman could support himself on air and credit...It is famously impossible for the act of writing to be made cinematic. How long can we watch someone staring at a blank sheet of paper? It is equally unenlightening to show the writer seeing something and dashing off to scribble down impassioned words while we hear him reading them in his mind. Campion knows all this, and knows, too, that without the poetry, John Keats is only a moonstruck young man. How she works in the words is one of the subtle beauties of the film. And over the end credits, Whishaw reads the ode, and you will want to stay. - Roger Ebert

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