Afterwords: A Quiet Passion
Afterwords is Ragtag’s new discussion series where we invite special guests to help us better understand a new movie. Our first will be held Tuesday, May 23 after the 6:15pm screening of A Quiet Passion. Noted Dickinson scholar Alexandra Socarides will facilitate.
Nixon delivers a revelatory performance as the great poet Emily
Dickinson in this spellbinding new film from Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes). A Quiet Passion carefully
recreates 19th-century Massachusetts — its aesthetics, its politics,
its social conventions — and then boldly explores how Dickinson existed
in and responded to that place. In doing so, this engrossing, moving and
unorthodox film illuminates her genius.
"An absolute drop-dead masterwork. What's surprising, even astonishing, about A Quiet Passion
is that, first of all, it's funny. Davies turns the story into a
laceratingly epigrammatic comical satire on New England's narrow mores —
until the movie turns into an ink-black physical and moral and
spiritual tragedy... While the entire cast moves and speaks with a sense
of inner purpose, Nixon's performance is special. Her incarnation of
Dickinson seems to rise outward from the bone." (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)