Filmmaker Jane Campion's biggest fan? Tarantino

Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:43pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 15 years after directing "The Piano," Jane Campion is earning praise from unexpected quarters for her new film celebrating passion and poetry.

"Bright Star," to be released nationally in the United States on Friday, tells the tale of 19th-century English Romantic poet John Keats and the love of his life, Fanny Brawne, before the poet died at age 25.

The film is getting excellent reviews but Campion said she was most struck by an admiring letter sent to her by American director Quentin Tarantino -- a master at depicting violence rather than period-piece films.

"It was a love letter, really, about the film," she told Reuters in an interview this week. "I am really touched. He is one of my biggest heroes of the current generation, I think he is a genius so it was surprising."

Campion said Tarantino also told her he was inspired by her ability to make personal films that can become mainstream.

Critics too have embraced "Bright Star," from the New Zealand-born independent director who won mainstream success with "The Piano" and also directed "The Portrait of a Lady."

"The Jane Campion embraced by 1990s arthouse audiences but who's been missing of late makes an impressive return," said Variety.

The New York Times said Campion's "wild vitality makes this movie romantic in every possible sense of the word."   Continued...