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07.22.09 27 Comments

Bright Star is a film starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw, from The Piano director Jane Campion, about the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, “an outspoken student of high fashion.”  The film was much loved by critics at Cannes, who I don’t trust for a second.  Here are some out-of-context audio snippets from the trailer:

– “Mr. Keats knows he cannot like you.  He has no living and no income.”
– “He was a dreamer… she was a realist.”
– “But every word he wrote… inspired the rapture of first love.”
– “…a romance, that would live forever.”
– “You taught me to love, you never said only the rich!”
– “There is a holiness to the heart’s affections, you know nothing of that!”
– “Based on the true story of a brilliant poet, and the BRIGHT STAR who was his shining light.”
– “I almost wish we were butterflies, and lived but three summer days.”

As it turns out, poets and fashion students were just as insufferable in the 1800s.  Tuberculosis FTW.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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