BRIGHT STAR (Jane Campion, 2009)

For three years beginning in 1818 poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, his landlady’s daughter, loved one another; his tubercular death at 25 ended their relationship “on earth.” According to the film, that relationship was chaste, and filled with romantic and sexual longing. Two things curbed it: Keats’s poverty and, later, sickness. Because it had […]

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Blake Edwards, 1961)

Audrey Hepburn’s best performances would remain those she gave in Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953) and Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954), but I suspect that her most widely and warmly remembered one is as Holly Golightly (best actress, David di Donatello Award, Film Daily’s poll of U.S. critics nationwide), an expensive Manhattan call girl—though formerly the […]