Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

DVD - 2014
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Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares.This sumptuous English-language '50s period piece recounts the years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janeiro, where she would fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares.
Publisher: New Almaden, CA : Wolfe Video, c2014
Branch Call Number: REA
Characteristics: 1 dvd (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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ptgfts
Feb 26, 2015

Bruno Barreto, the director, says (in the bonus feature) that Elizabeth Bishop was a "weak, dysfunctional, alcoholic loser" which is a monumentally stupid assessment of Elizabeth Bishop that seriously flaws the movie. The movie is vapid, annoying, and cliché-ridden. Plus casting Treat Williams as Robert Lowell, who is a decade and a half older than Miranda Otto playing Elizabeth Bishop ignores the fact that Lowell was six years younger than Bishop is just one of the more egregious errors. Also the villanelle Bishop quotes in the scene in 1951 was not written until the 70's.

LaughingOne Feb 15, 2015

I learned more about Elizabeth Bishop through this film. She may have had an inspired relationship with architect Lota de Macedo Soares, but Elizabeth was an alcoholic and Lota was quite domineering. The match was volatile and not very healthy in my opinion.

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ms_mustard
Nov 03, 2014

poetry, women loving women, New York City, Rio, architecture, politics, good cinematography. I liked this film which introduced me to Elizabeth Bishop whose poetry I shall now read.

not profound but great film and costume/scenery

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andrea_m
Jun 24, 2014

Miranda Otto is interesting as Bishop, but apart from a few moments, it is quite a dull script.

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zal
Apr 29, 2014

What really prompted me to finish the movie are the beautiful landscapes of the huge estate of Lota and the modernist interior design and the usual soothing Brazilian musical scoring.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2014

No idea the main characters of this love story were all ladies with a real MAN among them. Great location shots and study of creativity in architectural designs and poetry. Peripheral topics were the Brazilian national identity, politics and the effort to build cities during the 50's and 60's.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2014

The Art of Losing part 1 of 2: One Art---- by Elizabeth Bishop----------
The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2014

The art of losing part 2 of 2: I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or next-to-last, of three loved houses went. The art of losing isn't hard to master. I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster. —Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident the art of losing's not too hard to master though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2014

Mary: I've come back. I want to take you up on your offer. --- Loto: I'm so glad, Mary. --- Mary: I have no other option. --- Loto: Of course you do, but this is the best one. --- Mary: Well... you don't understand. I mean I have no other option but to love you.

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jimg2000
Apr 07, 2014

Elizabeth was tormented that Loto was her best friend Mary's lover ... Loto to Liz: "What kind of life can you expect if you put friendship before love?"

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