Director / writer / producer Jane Campion’s last film before the recently lauded The Power of the Dog (2021) was a small, quiet, and exquisite tragic love story about an English Romantic poet. Of course, she was already known in frock flick land for the beautiful and sometimes dark Portrait of a Lady (1996) and The Piano (1993). But right now, I want to turn our attention to 2009’s Bright Star, where Campion teamed up with costume designer and production designer Janet Patterson. These two had worked together for over 20 years at that point, and Patterson was nominated for a Best Costume Oscar for this film, among others. Whether you’re a fan of 1810s costume, Romantic poetry, or tragic romance, this movie is worth a look.
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