|Essays on Poetry & Film|| |
|Poet Biopics|| |
"A portrait of love and loss, Jane Campion's film Bright Star chronicles the tragic love affair between John Keats and his neighbor, Fanny Brawne."
"The tempestuous relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes is given center stage in this 2003 biopic."
"Tells the life story of the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, played by Benjamin Bratt."
Tom & Viv
"Recounts the volatile marriage of poet T.S. Eliot and the British aristocrat Vivienne Haigh-Wood."
HOWL: The Movie
"The movie is composed of three interweaving sections: an interview with the poet, his famous Six Gallery reading, and the landmark obscenity trial—depicting a Ginsberg both personable and larger than life."
A Room and a Half
"Veteran filmmaker Andrey Khrzhanovsky's feature debut, A Room and a Half, chronicles the life of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky."
Before Night Falls
"Directed by well-known visual artist Julian Schnabel, this film inventively portrays the life of Cuban poet, playwright, and prose writer Reinaldo Arenas."
The Basketball Diaries
"Based on the autobiographical book by poet and performance-artist Jim Carroll, a story of youth spent skipping class, running around with friends, and abusing drugs."
"Depicts the turbulent and absinthe-soaked relationship between the poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud."
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
"Sly, sharp and witty, Dorothy Parker and colorful characters of the Algonquin Round Table are the subject of this acclaimed film directed by Alan Rudolph."
Shakespeare in Love
"A tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy about the young playwright and his struggle with writer's block."
|Poetry on Television & Radio|| |
|Poetry Videos & Adaptations|| |
"The United States of Poetry"
"Originally aired in 1996 as a five part series on PBS, The United States of Poetry is an excellent presentation of twentieth century poetry."
Dr. Seuss Cartoons
"Seuss's clever use rhyme, humor, and colorful illustrations continue to entertain and educate readers, young and old alike."
|Films Featuring Poetry|| |
The Poet's View
"A film series written and directed by Mel Stuart and produced by the Academy of American Poets, featuring John Ashbery, W. S. Merwin, Louise Glück, Anthony Hecht, and C.K. Williams.
Bukowski: Born into This
"The film combines television interviews with recollections by former drinking buddies, teenage friends, fellow postal workers, writers, girlfriends, and his second wife."
Frank Bidart, The Maker
"Filmmaker Jay Anania crafts an intimate portrait of Bidart's life and work, including readings and discussion of poems."
Lannan Foundation Video Series
"Many of the country's most esteemed contemporary poets have been documented in this exhaustive series."
"Chronicles the competitors from the 1996 National Poetry Slam in Portland. The documentary weaves together interviews, readings, home videos, and excerpts from competition events."
Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: A Life Together
"In this Emmy Award-winning documentary, Bill Moyers visits one of poetry’s most famous couples."
Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry
"Def Poetry continues to present both established and emerging spoken word poets to a wide television audience."
"A compelling film about the writers and personalities of the Beat Generation, it is both a documentary and a dramatization."
Something Wonderful May Happen
"Filmed in 2001, this Danish documentary is a rare effort to document on film the history of the New York School of poets."
Voices & Visions
"Explores—through interviews, archival footage, and readings—the lives and works of some of America’s greatest poets."