Thursday, August 25, 2005

A Director to Adapt Each of Shakespeare's Plays #1 -- ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL directed by Jane Campion

The Plot:

Orphan daughter of famous physician cures king who proclaims that she may wed any man she chooses. Problem is, her selection isn’t too thrilled with the idea. So, she sneaks into the bed of another woman that he is preparing to seduce. Unawares, he knocks her up. Problem solved! And that’s how we get our title.

Why Campion?

Throughout her career, Campion has crafted her films around strong women who refuse to allow their sexuality and identity to be reigned in by convention and defined by men. In The Piano, Ada makes a bargain to regain the instrument that gives her a voice. In Holy Smoke, Ruth uses her femininity to enslave the de-programmer. In the Cut sees an educated woman impulsively satisfy her sexual needs despite probable danger. All’s Well That Ends Well presents yet another heroine willing to use sex in order to shape her own identity and fate.

Campion films I have seen:

1. The Piano ****

2. Holy Smoke ***1/2

3. Sweetie ***1/2

4. In the Cut ***

5. The Portrait of a Lady *1/2

Short films worth watching: Peel, Passionless Moments, A Girl's Own Story


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