Sylvia

Thursday, 17 September 2009

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I've been writing about this film, Sylvia, for a few days now, and I still don't know what I think about it. It seems to elicit contradictory responses from me. It is beautifully made and shot, yet seems to, at times, represent an overly simplistic idea of love, desire and indeed, the creative process. But it also has a type of modesty and generosity of spirit to it, which I don't often encounter in films about authors. I just don't know. So rather than trying to tell you what I think about it, I'm interested to hear your opinions. Has anyone seen it, and if so, what did you think?

19 comments:

danica said...

i saw it a long time ago, but i remember that i liked it. my lasting impressions are quite superficial though - i mainly remember the clothes, red lipstick, sylvia looking grand on a bike and the scene where she reads "daddy".

your new research sounds so fascinating :)

gracia said...

I have yet to see Sylvia but I am all the more keen to move it up my imaginary list since pouring over these stills. Bare feet by the typewriter... this I like to see very much.

Here's to your love (& more) investigations...

E. Michelle said...

i saw Sylvia a few times a couple years ago. it does seem to construct a simple narrative, so that we can follow Sylvia into her demise without getting too confused. In real life, she must have been infinitely more complex and labrynthine, but that would not have made for a digestible movie experience. I regard Sylvia a little like i do the Marie Antoinette m ovie. it is a piece about the emotions, less about the details.

amy said...

i saw it earlier this year and i'm honestly not sure how i felt about it either.. i loved the aesthetic though.

Indie.Tea said...

I have not seen the movie, so I cannot comment to its simplicistic ideology...but it certainly does look beautiful...

A red lipstick said...

Shana tova, wishing you a happy new year!

please sir said...

I haven't seen it, but it looks quite amazing. I'll have to check it out.

Eliza said...

oh... i haven't seen it, but those are such beautiful stills. everyday i discover that there are so many things i'm missing, that i have never even heard of. thank you so much for sharing <3

Flowers in my hair said...

I saw it a very long time ago, cant remember much but it was really sad and intense towards the end of Sylvia & Hugh relationship, do watch and let me know of what you think the movie too xx

Anonymous said...

It thought it was so typical how they sketched her as a person so tragic, so depressing, a woman gone mad.

asphaltandair said...

these stills are lovely...and haunting.
surely, a beautifully tragic movie.

Rina said...

Hi HIla! I didn´t watch it yet ( I really really want to!!) Anyway, seeing these beautiful pictures I can tell that I love the type of the typewriter, I like a lot that kind of aesthetics, typography or caligraphy are my new obsesion and I start to collect love letters, postcards, manuscripts,etc. (I just want to share this with you, because I think you could like this idea! hahha)

Mary-Laure said...

I haven't seen it because I strongly dislike bland bland bland Gwyneth Paltrow, whereas Plath is one of the poets I most admire...

Hila said...

Thanks for all your opinions guys, it's nice to bounce ideas off you all :)

onesilentwinter said...

oh my i juts saw this again the other day and as the time before i get in grey mood for the days following. I understand some of the comments about how they project her but it seems like a common thread in woman who are before there time and having someone fall in love with them for possesing such things only to be the one who ends up taking it all away from her. i also think a lot about all the written works that are no longer..that never got written, that got erased.

Hila said...

yes me too, the more I read her work, the more if it I want.

Make it Easy said...

ooh i have never seen this movie but now i feel i must. these look beautiful! thank you for finding my blog, i love yours! it reminds me of "windy days" :-)

Hila said...

Thank you! I'm glad I found your blog :)

s said...

oh!!! I've been waiting to watch this film for so long and it is impossible to find here in France :-( I've just finished reading 'Wintering' by Kate Moses and loved it !