Bright Star

Bright Star

DVD - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, started out as unlikely lovers who were totally at odds with each other. However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25 could bring to a shattering end.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures, c2009
ISBN: 9781435996366
Branch Call Number: BRI
Characteristics: 1 dvd (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 21, 2018

The poet and his muse. He describes their relationship as "a web you and I have woven, attached to this world but a separate world of our own invention". It is in this invented romanticized world that his creative genius flourished. A movie that deliberately unfolds painfully slowly so that the viewer is drawn into all the subtleties of the creative energy that comprised Keats.

Nov 14, 2017

The movie was beautifully shot. Fanny was incredibly unlikable, but maybe that is the point. I found the romance not believable and there was no chemistry between the Keats and Brawne. I was not vested in the romance what so ever, if anything for it to fail because she was so annoying and undeserving. But Brown was fantastic and hilarious, the saving grace.

Sep 20, 2017

It had a bright future with stars like Abbie Cornish and (the guy from Lilting? Good actor but whose name always escapes me???) but lost it's shimmer somewhere along the way.

Jul 26, 2017

This movie is amazing. Well worth the time and effort to watch. I got swept up in John and Fannie's love story as well as the time period and Keats' poetry. This film was beautifully done. I own and have watched dozens of times. Enjoy!

Jul 05, 2017

This movie has become one of my favourites. It's visually breathtaking. Has a wonderful, atmospheric soundtrack. The actors and actresses are fabulous. Beautiful costumes. Yes, it may be seen as 'slow paced' by some. But those are my favourite movies. This embodies everything of what the Romantic period was about. We need more of that in our society today,

Aug 15, 2016

If you want to know what romance was really like in the early 19th century, Bright Star is a pretty fair representation. True love was slow, and true lovers were often torn apart by a lack of money or prospects, or early death. Although this is not the best film that could possibly be re. John Keats and Fanny Brawne, the producers, actors and writers do their all with the known facts. If you like the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice, or similar pop versions of the past, this is not for you. If you like authentic, perfectly sad stories, put this one at the top of your list.

Dec 07, 2015

As a romance drama this is a slow one. Directing by NZ director Jane Campion, who gave us a far more superior 'Piano', followed a rather conventional story-telling approach. I was bored most of the time.

Aug 17, 2015

This film has been one of my favourites, for the last few years. It's made by Jane Campion, who is a very sensual filmmaker, concerned with mood and feeling in a way most Hollywood-movie and Netflix miniseries industry-professionals simply are not, anymore. The film documents a "high romance", played by two very DASHING and engaging young actors. I find it totally irresistible. I've come to think of this film as a friend. It's a good one to snuggle-up with, alone: if you're a "hopeless romantic", and don't have many people to share this unfortunate (and often tragic: see film) trait, with.

May 06, 2015

Bright Star highlights the love affair that develops between poet John Keats and girl-next-door Fanny Brawne, in a period where societal constraints dictated.The setting/scenery is pastoral and meant to be unhurried. In a style reminiscent of poetry itself, the movie is languorous, sensitive, contemplative, and sensual. A bit of a delightful gem.

Jan 16, 2015

oh, just a bit boring.

View All Comments


Add a Quote

Dieu_D Jan 14, 2015

A poem needs understanding through the senses. The point of diving into a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out, it is a experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept the mystery.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at the Library

To Top