Tuesday, 17 September 2013

THE NOT SO INVISIBLE WOMAN, A film by Ralph Fiennes based on the book by Clare Tomalin

As I have had a little more time, by not dragging myself around to fashion shows, but had pleasure of seeing them from my bedroom, I was able  to go to the British Film Institute to see a private viewing of "The invisible woman", which has just been to Toronto Film Festival.  A film based on Charles Dicken's lover, Nelly.  As we all know Charles Dickens was a phenomenal man with a huge amount of intelligence and energy for writing, charity and passion.  The intensity of  his books live on.  Now through the eyes of Claire Tomalin's book and the direction of Ralph Fiennes, his mistresses's life, is
allowed to live and be understood through film.
The Invisible Woman told the story about the limitations and plight of women in the 19th Century. The disgrace that a love story could bring to you, even with a famous and passionate writer.   I was so touched by the film that I was in tears for most of the second half.  A man with contradictions, open then closed.
The most touching bit that brought sadness to me was when the wife took a bracelet to the mistress, a birthday present from Charles himself. Shocking even now.
The bravery of Ralph to play with our patience, 25second takes, so that we were able to watch the emotions in the heroine's face, we are used to speed and pace, and quick editing, the picture changing every 4 seconds. He took us back to a time, when to to be in a hurry did not exist. That takes guts.  I was not able to do this in my film The gun the cake and the butterfly, which has now been selected to six festivals.. I worried that  the audience would be bored.

The ravishing scenery of the beach at Margate. The baron beauty of sand and water just with a hint of red sky took us back to the land of Pip, Great Expectations and the land of Miss Haversham. Pip, if you remember does not get the love of his life.  He fights for her, but loses.
Mr Dickens carelessly sends an open letter in a newspaper saying he wanted to leave his wife, Mr Saatchi did the same thing too, in The Mail recently and it still had the same shock appeal.

You understand in this beautiful film, some love stories are not resolved, they are not kitchen sink drama. You feel for everybody and Ralph, delivers passion with the actress playing Nelly, Felicity Jones in spades.  Congratulations.
As he said so well at the Q and A afterwards, it is now easier for him to understand the plight of a director/producer when he says "We can't afford an hotel for two nights" that there were times that the film crew would not work.  That he had to compromise, just as I did" He now understands to help a director get the right angle on a camera.
Whatever, the film is  on its way to win a BAFTA or two. There is something very touching about it, anyway because of the way I have lived my life, it pulled my heart strings, I am sure it will pull yours.
Thank you Mr Fiennes. 

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