|Starring:||Dexter Fletcher, Samantha Morton, Samuel West, William Scott-Masson, Andy Serkis, Guy Lankester, Emma Fielding, Clive Merrison, Linus Roache, Emily Woof, John Hannah, Michael N. Harbour|
|Genre:||Drama - Biography|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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Coleridge meets Wordsworth and the sparks fly!By a customer from Shrewsbury, UK , 12 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Director Julien Temple lives in Somerset near the Quantock Hills and became fascinated by the tale of Wordsworth and Coleridge's exploration of the area in the late 18th century.
The story starts in London with a gathering of the great poets and scholars of the time to hear the name of the next poet laureate. Coleridge is wracked by his years of opium addiction and in a bad way. The film then transports the audience back to happier times when Coleridge is tub thumping for his cause in Bristol. The movie takes off with a riot of weird and wonderful experiments featuring balloons, lighting and strange substances.
Central to the movie is the up and down relationship between two creative geniuses Coleridge (Linus Roache) and Wordsworth (John Hannah) who succeed in publishing the Lyrical Ballads anonymously. Coleridge tries to create a utopian existence in Somerset with his wife Sarah (Samantha Morton) but things do not go to plan and he is drawn to Wordsworth's sister Dorothy (Emily Woof).
Julien Temple offers the audience a rollercoaster of emotions and visions often inspired by dodgy substances! But it's all a bit tongue in cheek and always full of humour.
It's a visual feast as ever with Temple with marvellous landscapes, over the top performances and a script that never takes itself too seriously.
The film made its debut to warm applause at the Toronto Film Festival and received an enthusiastic write up in The Times. But it never made much impact at the box office and remains one of those little delights to be discovered on DVD.
Extras include a wonderful commentary by Julien Temple and a short 'making of' documentary.
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Great if you love the poems.By a customer from Rugby , 30 Dec 2009This is a great movie if you want an insight into the world that created Coleridge's masterpieces of poetry. Not too sure what it's saying about drug abuse, mind you the straight laced Wordsworth at the end of the tale wasn't too engaging a counter balance.
Unusual treatment of fascinating materialBy a customer from Bristol , 02 Dec 2009Of course, this particular culture clash between Wordsworth and Coleridge is exciting and the subject matter is fascinating. How could it go wrong? Despite historical inaccuracies the tale is told at a brisk pace, and there is real pathos when Coleridge ignores his wife and child in favour of Wordsworth's more dynamic and literarily-informed sister Dorothy. A scene showing their experiments with nitrous oxide is well shot, showing tumbling confusion without being over-gimmicky.
The director, Julien Temple, was an odd choice here. Good in that it's not standard costume drama fodder (hello, recently released biopic of Keats, Bright Star!), but something of the import of the poetry and the seriousness of the ideas about perceptions of landscape and nature are downplayed in favour of almost incestuous family melodrama. Very watchable, an interesting attempt, but I would have filmed it very differently. Some excellent performances, though, particularly Nesbitt as the older Wordsworth. Oh, and you have to forget the glaringly incorrect regional accents.
A Brillian FilmBy trevoraiston (1 review) from CAMERTON , 20 Jul 2008Discovered this film by chance on Amazon rental, but it has quickly become one of my favourite films of all time. It cretaintly opened me up to Colleridges poetry.
Brillant, beautifull, engaing and challenging .... what more can i say.
Apart from ,if you want a more humorus view of the time try and get a copy of Sue Limbs 'Wordsmiths of Gorsemere' on audio BBC cassette. Sometimes repeated on BBC radio, listen out for it, hillarious
Lakeside fantasyBy Lafcadio (7 reviews) from London , 11 Nov 2007A missed gem from 2000. How I failed to see this at the time I can't imagine. I approached it with trepidation, as it could easily have been a TV movie disaster, but from the moment the BBC films logo appeared at the beginning I was reassured, and it proved to be thoroughly enjoyable, with excellent performances all round. As the preview says, it does take a few liberties with history, but that can surely be called artistic licence.
Ultimately, well worth a viewing.
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Poetic licenceBy a customer from Somerset , 07 Jun 2007This energetic, beautifully shot film, was a good introduction to the relationship between the Coleridges and Wordsworths and the trials of creativity.