NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University’s English department will be showing Jane Campion’s newest film, "Bright Star," on Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.
The film is free and open to the public. The screening is being co-sponsored by the education department and McKillop Library.
“Bright Star,” which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, tells the story of the three-year relationship between the British Romantic poet John Keats and his next door neighbor, Fanny Brawne.
The film has received praise for its cinematography, its recognition of female sexuality, and its attention to detail.
"Filmmakers have always struggled to ably, or at least interestingly, represent the creation of poetry, or any work of genius, for that matter,” said Matt Ramsey, assistant professor of film in the English department. “Films on Poe, Shelley, Van Gogh, Rimbaud and Verlaine – they all fail to capture the imagination, and the struggle to create. I think Campion is smart enough to let Keats’s poetry stand on its own.”