Viewers, especially true Emily Dickinson aficionados, have been much more divided, as you can see in the Amazon reviews. Some object to how she and her family are portrayed in the film, feeling that it took too many liberties.
New England in the midth century was a literary hothouse, overgrown with wild and exotic talents. Davies , whose work often blends public history and private memory, possesses a poetic sensibility perfectly suited to his subject and a deep, idiosyncratic intuition about what might have made her tick. To Dickinson — played in the long afternoon of her adult life by Cynthia Nixon — the enemy of poetry is obviousness.
It is a vice she finds particularly obnoxious in the work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the reigning poet of the age.
The passion is not so quiet, really. Dickinson muses and ponders, yes, but she also seethes, scolds, teases and bursts out laughing. Five sublime sequences in Terence Davies films. Terence Davies on Ealing. The Book Group: Wuthering Heights. More about Terence Davies. Back to the top. Archive content sales and licensing. BFI book releases and trade sales. BFI Southbank purchases. Skip to main content. Search for mobiles. Main navigation for mobiles. In this section Get funding and support Search for projects funded by National Lottery Apply for British certification and tax relief Industry data and insights Inclusion in the film industry.
The Digital Edition and Archive quick link Log in here to your digital edition and archive subscription, take a look at the packages on offer and buy a subscription. Her father, Edward, portrayed with solemnity and an unavoidable touch of wryness by Keith Carradine , is a lawyer with liberal proclivities and possessed of some religious skepticism, not exactly an au courant view in Amherst polite society. That said, he is also quite conventional in his views of women and their place, albeit surprisingly indulgent of his children at times.
At supper with the now-adult Emily, played by Cynthia Nixon , he complains of a plate being dirty. Nonplussed, Emily picks up the plate and drops it to the floor, letting it shatter.
She tells dad it is not dirty anymore. He actually seems amused. The days of Amherst go by uneventfully enough at first. They stroll through gardens and go to teas and trade quips.
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Archived from the original on 8 July Advance Publications. Retrieved 20 September Daily Hampshire Gazette.A Quiet Passion is a lovely exercise in tone, visual perfection, and stellar performances.