The Belle of Amherst


directed by Charles Dubin, 88 minutes

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Against a handsome set depicting Emily Dickinson at her Amherst, Massachusetts home, Julie Harris is in constant motion recollecting the poet's past from her work, her diaries and letters and encountering the significant people in her life: friends, relatives and acquaintances. The play shrewdly balances the agony of the secluded poet as she tells about her family and the bright moments when Dickinson can see the joy in life. Julie Harris' Emily Dickinson is, according to Library Journal, "so perfect here that the film assumes an authenticity and poignancy unmatched in similar films and the poetry emerges as fresh and contemporary."

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1 member found this review helpful Created about 3 years ago.

This appears to be the only film about Emily Dickinson ever made. While not an exact documentary, Julie Harris really brings Emily to life. I'm not usually one much for theatre films...but the whole play is totally engaging. Harris lays bare the passion of Emily Dickinson through her own letters and poems. Eccentric and beautiful.

1 member found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

I watched it because Julie Harris died yesterday. Sharing tears of gratitude, I can hardly answer the question. Did I love it? It was my way to grieve her passing. Simply answered I cannot say without a few more tears. Yes and wish she were still here to share them with me.

Created over 1 year ago.

What an outstanding performance, exquisitely ans sensitively written,I so love Emily and Julia Harris does not a word step out of a truest characterization of her!Well done.....

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