Tarantino’s love letter to ‘Bright Star’

Posted by · 11:26 am · October 21st, 2009

Abbie Cornish in Bright StarQuentin Tarantino is obviously quite the epistolarian. Just yesterday, I mentioned the sincerely admiring letter that he wrote to controversial “Kinatay” director Brillante Mendoza, praising the brutally violent and widely unpopular Filipino film for its daring and authenticity.

Evidently, that wasn’t the only letter QT wrote in his Cannes hotel suite. And while it’s not unexpected that he’d support a fellow provocateur like Mendoza, some might be surprised to hear that he’s equally passionate about Jane Campion’s “Bright Star,” which I flipped for earlier this week.

UK site Moviefone unearthed the following gushing note (written, like the Mendoza letter, in red ink) from Tarantino to Campion:

My favorite film of yours … I don’t like period pieces like that. I loved this!!! Never has heartache been so realistically and movingly portrayed as Abbie taking to her bed … The lovers kisses … Abbie and Ben … touching … Brilliant. I loved it!!! Love – Your fan – Quentin Tarantino.

For my part, I’m not as surprised by the letter — Tarantino’s catholic tastes have always been well-known, after all — as I am by the fact that I’m in completely agreement with the filmmaker for the second time in as many days. It does make one wonder how many factions of the Academy’s directors’ branch hold Campion in similarly high esteem.

Meanwhile, some might choose to be cynical about it, but I like the fact that Tarantino is so straightforward about expressing his admiration for his fellow peers. Anyone seen his letter to Lars von Trier?

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  • 1 10-21-2009 at 11:37 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    lets just keep talking about tarantino right up to his best director, screenplay and picture nods!!!! i hope and wish, and it was a beautiful movie, bright star that is

  • 2 10-21-2009 at 12:10 pm

    Jim T said...

    Alright I’ll say it. Can this be a strategy? “How will people continue thinking about me (and my movie)? Let’s send some letters for congratulations.”

    I know it’s probably not true but I couldn’t not express that thought. Of course, he could have chosen a film other than Kinatay. And Tarantino doesn’t seem to care much about awards. I don’t know. Perhaps he just felt like doing it.

  • 3 10-21-2009 at 12:15 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    no i disagree jim, quentin clearly doesnt care about awards, but he does care about cinema, just watch his video on there will be blood, that was long before awards season, he loves film, end of story, but if this was ron howard writing lettrs i might just agree with you

  • 4 10-21-2009 at 12:20 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Very cool. I hope this film gets recognized in a major way by the Academy.

    Psssst… Campion instead of Bigelow!

  • 5 10-21-2009 at 12:21 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Well, he wrote both letters back in May at Cannes, so unless it was a very long-term strategy, I doubt it. He’s just an enthusiastic guy.

  • 6 10-21-2009 at 1:06 pm

    Michael said...

    Tarantino is the man! That is really awesome how he keeps writing to other filmmakers to tell them how much he loved their work. I seriously doubt that many other Hollywood filmmakers do that…

  • 7 10-21-2009 at 1:34 pm

    Chase K. said...

    “Never has heartache been so realistically and movingly portrayed”.

    Really? I liked “Bright Star” but “moving” and “heartache” would hardly be words I’d choose to describe it. Loved the filmmaking, but it didn’t stay with me at all.

  • 8 10-21-2009 at 1:37 pm

    Jim T said...

    I forgot it was during the Cannes festival. I guess he isn’t an evil genius. :p

  • 9 10-21-2009 at 1:43 pm

    al b. said...

    Much love to QT and JC!

    And good word use, Guy… “epistolarian”… I always find it funny that my spell check can’t come up with lame suggestions for it!

  • 10 10-21-2009 at 2:56 pm

    Beau said...

    It’s the best film that’s been released in the U.S. so far this year. Without question.

  • 11 10-21-2009 at 3:57 pm

    Matthew said...

    I can’t believe that I’m in agreement with Tarantino. I loved Bright Star and found it genuinely and beautifully moving.

  • 12 10-21-2009 at 4:06 pm

    Cameron said...

    Like I said yesterday-a true artist (even if his handwriting is atrocious)

  • 13 10-30-2009 at 12:11 pm

    ginaD said...

    One of the best dramas I’ve seen all year! The cast was amazing, and the music haunting. You should check out the film Bright Star’s official site, where they’ve announced the Love Letter Contest. Those who enter will have to submit a hand-made love letter or love tweet for their chance to win two unique diamonds from A Diamond Is Forever. Find more details here:
    Follow Keat’s Tweets here: http://twitter.com/KeatsTweets
    Today is the last day to enter, so hop to it;)