Jane Campion

  • Jane Campion – The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

    Jane Campion directs this notable adaptation of the Henry James novel, The Portrait of a Lady of 1881.
    Independent woman Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) refuses two suitors, Lord Warburton (Richard E. Grant) and Caspar Goodwood (Viggo Mortensen), when they propose marriage. Instead she travels to Florence, where family friend Madame Merle introduces her to Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich) and his daughter Pansy. Soon Isabel finds herself falling for the mysterious Osmond. They are engaged to be married within three months, but much unhappiness lies ahead.Read More »

  • Jane Campion – Passionless Moments (1983)

    Review (Geraldine Bloustien, ‘Jane Campion: memory, motif and music’. Continuum)
    Passionless Moments, although possibly one of Campion’s most whimsical pieces, has all
    the hallmarks of her later films. It is concerned with the insignificant, unsolicited
    moments of daydreaming when one is caught almost unawares. The film consists of ten
    self-contained vignettes of the sudden thoughts of ten very different individuals.
    Classical Hollywood cinema concerns itself with the heightened moments of passion of
    individuals with whom we identify in some way because of their bravery, humour, innocence,
    heroic qualities and so on. In traditional feature films and documentaries we are usually
    introduced to the characters’ backgrounds, motives and problems. However, in Passionless
    Moments the characters serve only to illustrate some quirky aspect of human nature and
    relationships.Read More »

  • Jane Campion – An Angel at My Table (1990)

    Here is the story of a curly-haired little redhead who grew up to be one of New Zealand’s best authors, after enduring ordeals that would have put most people into a madhouse. The irony is that she was already in the madhouse, misdiagnosed as a schizophrenic, and subjected to more than 200 electroshock treatments even though there was nothing really wrong with her except for shyness and depression.Read More »

  • Jane Campion – Bright Star (2009)

    London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 year-old English poet, John Keats (Ben Whishaw), and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), an out-spoken student of high fashion. This unlikely pair begin at odds, he thinking her a stylish minx, while she was unimpressed not only by his poetry but also by literature in general.Read More »

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