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Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion Trailer Is the Thing With Feathers

The trailer for the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion has arrived, and it promises a powerful performance by Cynthia Nixon as the famous writer. We see Nixon as Dickinson in a variety of different contextsintrigued, joyful, defiant, in her famous white dress, and of course, at her writing desk.

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Here’s the synopsis from Indiewire:

“A Quiet Passion” is a unique insight into Dickinson’s life and obsessions, and follows the writer from her schoolgirl days in Amherst, Massachusetts to her years writing in near-total isolation, where she produced over a thousand poems that are now regarded as the finest and most inventive in American literature.

Directing is Terence Davies, who also directed Sunset Song and The Deep Blue Sea. You’ll also see Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon and Catherine Bailey in the film, along with Emma Bell as a young Dickinson.

As someone who loves Dickinson’s poems (with a copious amount of opinions on portrayals of her as a sad recluse and the ways her poems are edited), I’m very curious to see what kind of Dickinson the film will portray and how they’ll handle more mysterious chapters of her life, like the “Master” letters. Are you excited to see how it’ll portray Dickinson?

(via Indiewire)
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