Emily Dickinson Fest

By Ann Shayne
November 12, 2017

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  • I was so excited when this movie came out at my favorite local theatre, hired a sitter, got my husband to come with me, and then spent most of the movie wishing she would die already so I could get out of the theatre. To be fair, my husband enjoyed the movie. Given that my favorite movie this year was a documentary about Turkish Street cats (in Turkish, with subtitles), I may just have strange taste in movies – romcons, yes, street cats, yes, slowwwwww dramas, no! The cat movie was Kedi, by the way, if you wanted to see it. They held it over at our local theatre because, as the owner put it, “who would have guessed there was this much untapped demand for Turkish Street cat movies?”

    • THE TURKISH CAT MOVIE! YES! It came and went at the Belcourt before I could see it. THANK YOU for the reminder–I was even going to make Hubbo go with me.

  • Did you recommend the movie “Maudie” in the past? I don’t remember why I put it in my Netflix queue, but it arrived yesterday. Best movie I have watched in ages!! Absolutely wonderful. A charming, but sadly damaged artist, a bleak life in Nova Scotia, cinematography that evokes seasons and the passing of life. Loved it!

    • It was Kristin Nicholas. Can’t wait to watch it, as well.

    • This sounds magnificent! All my favorite components . . .

    • I loved Maudie! Yet another haunting portrayal of an unexpectedly extraordinary artist.

  • Thank you so much for this, Ann! I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • I attended grad school in Amherst and passed by Emily’s house daily on my way to classes. One winter, a group of friends went sledding at Amherst College, across the street from her house. An older woman and her daughter stopped by to watch and she told us she was an actress and would be playing the lead in The Belle of Amherst put on by a theater group in her city. She watched us sledding and said it had been years since she’d done that so one of the guys took her down the hill on his sled. She loved it. It’s a fond memory to remember sledding with Emily!

    • Love this. Also love the idea that you passed by Emily Dickinson’s house every day. We all have unusual sights that we see so often that we forget how extraordinary they are. I drive by Dolly Parton’s offices all the time, and I forget THAT’S DOLLY PARTON IN THERE MY HERO WITH THE GIGANTIC HEART.

      • Wow! Dolly is one of the best!

  • Have you seen/read The Gorgeous Nothings? Would love to know what you thought…

    • the Gorgeous Nothings: so wonderful!
      a couple years ago I read Hummingbird Summer- a book about the whole circle of people in Amherst, including Our Emily. Well worth reading.

  • Thanks for the recommend. I saw the Edith Wharton movie a few years ago. Now I am going to look for hills Liverpool documentary, as we are going there in two weeks! He seems to be a sad lonely fellow, very much like his characters according to a quote in his IMDB page.

  • “The Deep Blue Sea”, Terence Davies’ s previous movie, is a gem. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, war-time London… Just beautiful.

  • THe Belle of Amherst rings far more true to the subleties and shy delicacy of Emily than the movie. The movie portrayed her as harsh, hard and bitter-which she was NOT. To quote another moviegoer after seeing A Quiet Passion, “I need a stiff drink after that movie”.

  • Thank you for the recommendation. I really enjoyed knitting to that movie yesterday. Keep them coming!

  • I watched a wonderful film the other day: A Man Called Ove (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4080728/?ref_=nv_sr_1). Totally unrelated to Emily Dickinson but it made my soul sing. I’d devoured the book, and luckily the film is available on Prime.

    A note: it is in Swedish with subtitles so plan your knitting accordingly.