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I am writing a series of bio-pics about poets. How can I bring in the actual poetry without it being corny? - Question/Answer Now Playing


I am writing a series of bio-pics about poets. How can I bring in the actual poetry without it being corny?

Aug 09, 2012

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I am writing a series of bio-pics about poets. How can I bring in the actual poetry without it being corny? - Question/Answer Q & A Discussion


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mccabe: BRIGHT STAR
at Jul 16, 2014 - 2:32 AM
Absolutely. Study BRIGHT STAR. BRIGHT STAR is the best example of how to use poetry dramatically in film. Second place is IL POSTINO, dramatizing Neruda's poetry. Jane Campion in BRIGHT STAR took full advantage of the fact that Keats had also wanted to become a dramatist, building scenes out of his theatrical partnership that were also directly linkled to the main love plot. Top marks.
C Hunter wrote
at Aug 22, 2012 - 12:49 AM
Maybe try including some poetry readings in the film. Instead of the horrid voice-over (which didn't even work in the beautiful "Sylvia" movie), try including a public poetry reading as a dramatic event (e.g. she's angry at husband, but has to read love poems at a public event with him in the audience) or a private reading (very common in the real lives of poets), e.g. she invites her best friend over and they read their works in progress to each other. For real poets, poetry out loud IS part of our lives. The more frequent the poetry in the film, the less corny it should be as it becomes (and is) part of everyday life for actual poets. No hokey film techniques or corny gimmicks should be needed. (Of course Mr McKee said it all when he mentioned that the poems should be good.)

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