July 29, 2009

Upcoming Bookish Movies

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There are a couple of great looking movies with a bookish element coming out soon. I thought I'd share a couple of trailers with you all.


First up is Bright Star directed by Jane Campion (in theatres Sept 18). Bright Star is about the love affair between poet John Keats and his neighbour Fanny Brawne. It looks so romantic!



The title comes from Keats' poem of the same name.

Bright Star, would I were steadfast as thou art -
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature's patient sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors-
No-yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever-or else swoon to death.

Another one I think looks interesting is The Picture of Dorian Gray. This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite writers, Oscar Wilde. The story is about a young, good-looking man who has his portrait painted by a friend. That portrait ages and becomes uglier while Dorian retains all his outer beauty.

There is an old black and white film adaptation. I can't believe it's taken so long for someone to make an updated version. I hope it isn't changed too much though. This one will hit theatres Sept 9th.



Any movies with a bookish theme you're looking forward to?

13 comments :

  1. I'm, of course, looking forward to Julie and Julia this next week. Other than that, I'm always keeping my eyes open for good film adaptations. I hadn't heard of this first one. Can't wait!

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  3. Bright Star looks lovely! Thank you. I'm now looking forward to it very much.

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  4. Oooo - Dorian Gray!! Although it doesn't look like they fling themselves all over furniture in the movie, this just jumped to my must-see list. As for what I'm looking forward to seeing, New Moon, of course! ;-)

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  5. mjmbecky- Oh that looks good too! So many great movies coming out.

    Angie- I hope it's as good as the preview.

    Michelle- lol! I hope there is some flinging involved. New Moon: I bet lots of people with be standing in long lines for that one.

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  6. Wow! They both look great. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I'm really looking forward to Julie & Julia!

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  8. Bright Star looks good! I'm so glad movies like this are being made.

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  9. I was aware of Dorian Gray. It's one of my favorite books, too. I wasn't aware of Bright Star, and since Keats is one of my favorite poets, I'll be on the lookout for it. Thanks for the heads up!

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  10. I've not read much of Keats' poems or Dorian Gray, but I'm now looking forward to both of those films!

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  11. Oh I cannot WAIT to see Bright Star! I love Keats' poetry and the movie looks absolutely lovely!

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  12. Bright star is great. I got to see it a few weeks ago at it our film festival, here in Wellington NZ, Jane Campions home town.

    It was very sweet and beautiful.

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  13. Ooooh, I love Dorian Grey - and I so don't want it to be ruined for me!

    I'll have to reread it before the film comes out. Thanks for the heads up!
    Rosie

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