This week I watched "The Portrait of a Lady", a film by the fabulously talented Jane Campion based on the novel of the same name written by Henry James. It stars Nicole Kidman across from John Malkovich and with Barbara Hershey (whom I love much) as a support. The set and costumes were a visual feast but for me I felt the film fell a bit short. I didn't connect with Nicole's character as Isabel Archer, a wealthy young heiress who forgoes a marriage proposal for "freedom" but ends up finding herself caught in the cage of the moneyless but somewhat hypnotising Gilbert Osmond (Malkovich). However on the extra features of the DVD there was a documentary made on the filming of "The Portrait of a Lady" which was beautifully captured in black and white. Anyone who may question Nicole's acting ability should watch it as it shows how affected by the character she is and emotionally distraught once the camera has stopped rolling. So in a strange way I ended up more connected to the actor than the character. You can watch the trailer here and I suggest anyone who has yet to watch it (released in 1996) that it is worth doing so.
I also want to say welcome to my new followers...it's great to have you here :)