“Bright Star,” a 2009 European film directed by Jane Campion, will be screened Friday, April 19, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
This drama is based on the three-year romance between the 19th century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), the daughter of his landlady.
It provides us with a picture of life in a very different time with pre-Victorian mores. Keats lived with his friend Charles Brown (Paul Schneider) and Fanny with her mother (Kerry Fox), brother Samuel (Thomas Sangster) and sister Toots (Edie Martin) in the two halves of a small Hampstead cottage. Their love was grand, poetic and platonic. Fanny studied “Mr. Keats’ ” poems, earnestly trying to understand them (commenting that she “did not find them easy.”)
Lack of income and good health made prospects for marriage dim. After the ailing poet departed for Italy for health reasons (he died of tuberculosis at age 25 and remains forever young), Fanny lived for the days when the postman brought a letter from him.
“Bright Star” is a love sonnet Keats wrote for her.