Biographical films cater to wide variety of creative desires. Generally speaking, we want to know more about things or people that we enjoy, which is where biography comes in with regards to a person. The brilliant thing that biographical film grants is the fulfilled desire of information with the compact and streamlined nature of film making.
Therefore, it is no surprise that there will be a biographical picture centered around the life of esteemed author Emily Dickinson. Furthermore, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon will play the brilliant writer in the forthcoming film entitled A Quiet Passion.
The film will be based on a screenplay from and directed by British filmmaker Terence Davies (The House of Mirth). It will follow Dickinson throughout her life, from innocent childhood all the way to her dramatic later life as a recluse who never saw her awe-inspiring poems appreciated. Today, of course, we know her better as one of the greatest American poets of this or any other time. The film was reportedly written with Cynthia Nixon in mind, which surely must be based on her superb acting abilities.
What I mean to say is that Nixon and Dickinson would definitely not be able to pull a Parent Trap. Though I suppose therein lies the magic of making movies.
Anyone who has read poetry from Emily Dickinson understands the raw emotional energy she poured into her writing. Despite rarely leaving her home, she led a fascinating life nonetheless. During her lifetime in the nineteenth century, her poetry defied the standards. Though only a handful of her poems were published in her lifetime, those that were wore the ugly scars of editors molding her work into the standard preset.
It wasn't until after her death that her full anthology was discovered. It might just be the English nut in me, but I can't wait to see the life of America's greatest poet brought to life by gifted film makers and talented actors.