A Quiet Passion


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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:125 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Terence Davies
Producer:Roy Boulter
Solon Papadopoulos
Screenwriter:Terence Davies
Cinematographer:Florian Hoffmeister
Editor:Pia Di Ciaula
Cast:Cynthia Nixon
Jennifer Ehle
Duncan Duff
Emma Bell
Keith Carradine
Print Source:Music Box Films
Note Writer:Lucy Laird


With this painterly cine-biography of Emily Dickinson, renowned filmmaker Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) proves that it takes a poet to know one. He wrote “his” Dickinson expressly for Cynthia Nixon—who brilliantly captures the wit, awkwardness, introversion, and suffering of this greatest of American writers—and sets her circumscribed existence within an exquisite chamber piece. We come to understand “the lady whom the people call the Myth” through her family: father Edward (Keith Carradine), sister Lavinia (Jennifer Ehle), brother Austin, and bedridden mother. It is this everyday, hemmed-in life, brightened occasionally by a funny friend or dashing clergyman and darkened by illness and mourning, that Davies heightens with beautifully lit tableaux. Dickinson and Davies revel in their twin passions: she with death and punctuation and he with the past and composition of the film frame. And when her indelible verse is invoked, this film’s “winged spark doth soar about.”
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Additional Information

Terence Davies is an English screenwriter and film director. After the success of his short- to medium-length film series The Terence Davies Trilogy, Terence wrote and directed his critical acclaimed Distant Voices, Still Lives, which was voted the third greatest British film of all time in a 2011 Time Out Magazine poll.  After finding further success with The Long Day Closes and Neon Bible, in 2000 Terence wrote and directed The House of Mirth, based on Edith Wharton’s novel of the same name. Of Time and the City in 2008 saw Terence return to his native Liverpool, and the film premiered out of competition at the 2008 Cannes film festival. Continuing his partnership with producers Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter from Of Time and The City, 2015 saw the release of Sunset Song, based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s novel of the same name, whilst 2016 will see the much-awaited release of A Quiet Passion, a biopic on the life of Emily Dickinson. As one of the most respected British Film makers, Terence became a Fellow of the British Film Institute in 2007.