Monday, November 9, 2009

Bright Star

I made plans to go to a movie with a friend this past weekend. She suggested we see Bright Star, which I hadn't heard of before, but I was pleasantly surprised.



Directed by Jane Campion, Bright Star is the story of the poet John Keats and the girl he fell in love with, Fanny Brawne. What may be of particular interest to readers of this blog is that Fanny sews many of her own clothes and, especially at the start of the movie, there are plenty of close-up action shots of delicate hand-stitching.  At their first meeting, Keats learns of her interest in fashion and asks Brawne what she thinks of his clothes; she tells him he would look better in a blue velvet jacket and I thought for sure this meant she would surreptitiously sew one up for him during the course of the movie, but no such luck for him! Anyway, she does many great pieces for herself, including what she claims is the first "triple mushroom collar" in her part of the countryside, seen in both photos here.


Photos from IMDB

If you're up for a period piece with eye candy costumes, a love story, and a tear jerker all rolled into one, this is the film for you!

13 comments:

Colette said...

Thanks Christine,

I will look out for that one to come out down here. Sounds like a great film and the costumes will be amazing, I'm sure.

Stephanie said...

Thank you for reminding me that I want to see that movie! Too often I forget and then the movie is no longer in the theaters.

Adrienne said...

I want to see this!!!!

cidell said...

Thanks for the heads up! Sounds like my kind of movie.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

That does look like some amazing eye candy! But first I've gotta see Coco Before Chanel (and I already missed The September Issue, boo).

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I thought the sewing component of this movie was very interesting, too. It reminded me that ladies' exquisite, complex gowns from this era (and before) were created *by hand*, with only a needle and thread. Unbelievable.

Marianne said...

I have just stared and stared at the crochet bed jacket. It makes me want to make itty bitty granny squares and sew them togethter. Thanks for the movie heads up. I will definitely see this one!

Lindsay T said...

I have wanted to see this for awhile. Saw "An Education" this weekend. Another period piece!

ambika said...

I was intrigued by the previews and will definitely take a look once it hits DVD.

Karin said...

Thanks for the tip, it sounds like a great movie. I'll definitely look into it!

Andrea said...

This movie has been on my list. I definitely want to see it.

katherine h said...

I hadn't heard of this film, so thanks for the review...I'll look out for it now.

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