If you ever see me watching anything from after 1970, no you didn’t ❤️
This was the first Jane Campion movie I ever watched. I don't think I've seen it in at least two years, during which time I've seen five more of her movies, some of them two or three times. Returning to Bright Star, which was a staple of my childhood period drama canon, really helped put her entire filmography in focus.
In some ways, it's entirely unlike her other movies. There are no complicated sexual dynamics, thanks to the main romance…
So I made a quiz: which member of the Geneva gang are you
1. What do you like doing in your spare time?
b. Walking in graveyards
e. Mad science experiments
2. What’s your biggest fear?
d. Being buried alive
e. My own demons
3. What would you do if you trapped in a haunted house?
b. Come up with a genre-defining book premise
As with any dual timeline movie, I could always do without the modern one but mostly because I'm fascinated with the friendship throuple dynamic of: ailing gay Englishman, possibly corrupt but charismatic Indian Nawab, hot woman who’s actively colonizing his country. You think to yourself: how could this turn out well? The answer: weirdly enough they make it work.
My ABSOLUTE favourite part of this masterpiece is when Jane’s like “I’ve never seen a city!! I’ve never even talked to a man!” and like five minutes later Michael Fassbender shows up and is like “Jane....you forest elf....from what woodsy hovel do you hail....do you find me handsome...you bewitching fairy creature.....be my wife.....” like how do you REACT