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February 15, 2017

poetry on film

We like to highlight films that include or feature poetry — a meeting of two powerful creative forces. Taste of Cinema offers “10 Movies About Poetry That Are Worth Your Time,” which includes some films we’ve previously mentioned and some we haven’t. Have a look.

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watching for Neruda

December 14, 2016

Neruda film posterPablo Larraín’s Neruda opens this week in U.S. theaters. Starring Luis Gnecco as Pablo Neruda and Gael García Bernal as Oscar Peluchoneau, the film, according to Variety, “is not a biopic but an invention informed by biography, conjuring a richly detailed investigator [Peluchoneau] with notions of self-grandeur who’s hunting the famed leftist writer-politician in 1948 Chile.”

In an interview in Film Comment, Larraín says, “Neruda’s particular power came from how he was able to describe our country, our society, our people in a way that no historian or journalist has ever done. If you want to understand who we really are, read Neruda. Neruda is in our water. He’s everywhere. That’s why instead of dealing with his poetry we chose to absorb the poetry and see what comes out after. Neruda is what transpires after drinking that Neruda water.” Manohla Dargis talks with the director in The New York Times.

Watch for Neruda, and read some, too.

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more poetry on film

November 23, 2016

DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones)

Here’s another film for your watch-for-it list: DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones) is a “docudrama” in which two actors in a recording studio read from the dramatic exchange of poems, letters, postcards, telegrams and drafts between poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Through their reading, the actors’ own lives and stories become layered with those of the poets.

Referring to Bachmann and Celan as “the most important German poets of the second half of the 20th century,” director Ruth Beckermann calls theirs “a great modern love story.” Learn more on the film website or read a review in The Guardian.

poetry on film

October 20, 2016

Paterson

Soda Pictures (UK) is about to release a new film, Paterson, which follows the story of Paterson, a poet and bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, the film is due in theaters November 25, 2016. Watch for it.

poetry + film

September 19, 2016

Poetry Shorts

Since we’re fans of poetry and film, we like to keep track of the places they intersect, especially when there’s a Cascadia link. Here’s one: Poetry Shorts.

Poetry Shorts is a project of The Northwest Renaissance: Poets, Performers & Publishers. It was created in 2015 by actor and poet Emilie Rommel Shimkus and is supported by The Tacoma Arts Commission and 4Culture.

The inaugural Poetry Shorts film is Tell Your Children, a series of four short films based on poems. It is currently in post-production and will premiere on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7:00pm at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma.

Visit the Poetry Shorts website for more information.

film flap

June 11, 2016

RumiIf you’ve had your fill of election wrangling, you might tune in to the latest flap regarding a forthcoming film about the 13th-century poet Rumi. Although the biopic has not yet been cast, producer Stephen Joel Brown and writer David Franzoni are looking at a “level of casting” that includes Leonardo DiCaprio as Rumi and Robert Downey Jr. as the dervish Shams of Tabriz.

The fur is flying. Read about it in The Guardian, Salon and The Washington Post.

In 2014, the BBC called Rumi “the most popular poet in the US.”
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Poetry 24 times a second

March 14, 2016

Every Frame Tells a Story

In these posts, we occasionally mention films about poets or poetry. Here’s one on poetry about film.

If you live anywhere near Bellingham, Washington, and you love movies, you probably know that Film Is Truth is a locally owned and operated DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS rental store (15,000+ titles) that is also a nonprofit corporation.

On Friday, April 8, 2016, in celebration of movies, poetry and National Poetry Month, Film Is Truth will hold its second annual Every Frame Tells a Story: a poetry-about-movies fundraiser! This all-ages, free event will feature performances by poets Mighty Mike McGee, Elizabeth Vignali, Bruce Beasley, Troy Osaki and Dee Dee Chapman. The action starts at 8:30pm at Honey Moon Mead & Cider.

You can seem more Film Is Truth on Facebook.

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