Saturday, 10 September 2005

Favourite films about poetry

There aren't too many films out there dealing with poetry. One of my favourites though is Slam. This came out several years ago now, but was a vibrant film about the power of poetry to change people's lives. A performance poet working in prison helps one of the inmates to develop as a poet and as a person.

The other one that springs to mind is the film about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, that I can't remember the name of. It was not factually accurate but had a wonderful dreamlike quality and portrayed Taylor Coleridge as a real environmental visionary.

Any other excellent films about poetry?


Anonymous said...

I recently saw a film that was strictly not about poetry but certainly expanded my sensibility about poetry. The film is spoken in iambic pentametre. It is "Yes" directed by Sally Potter. Joan Allen is one of two main characters who have a most passionate but complex and layered affair. May interest you.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Lori,
I've not heard of that film, I'll look out for it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Caroline Gill said...

'Dead Poets' Society' and 'Bright Star'... I like both films for very different reasons! I have enjoyed discovering the 'root' of your CGP blog!