Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

DVD - 2014?
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Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares.This sumptuous English-language '50s period piece recounts the years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janiero, where she would fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares.
Publisher: New Almaden, California : Wolfe, [2014?]
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781935423799
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA REAC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 23, 2020

As a massive reader of fiction and non-fiction, I am woefully ignorant of poetry. I vaguely remembered the name Elisabeth Bishop. I should have known more given the fact that she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970. The film was just OK for me, but it did create a desire to read her poetry. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 10, 2019

I saw the pic on the DVD and thought one of the actors was a man instead of it being two women in a Lesbian film. I've been unsuspecting of such matter that's been introduced into the library system. From the git-go these films introduce lust in the homosexual world which I find uninteresting as well as uncomfortable. Can't comment on what the movie was about past the wanton this instance the two women chucked a years old friendship and a 'love' partner with a third women for the sake of lust with one another.

Apr 15, 2018

Poor acting, poor casting, great shots of landscape

Feb 07, 2018

Set mostly in Rio in the 50's, the story is about a love triangle involving three woman, two of which were artists known their fields. The script was average, and I couldn't see anything worth mentioning. Just a very average watch for me.

Feb 26, 2015

Bruno Barreto, the director, says (in the bonus feature) that Elizabeth Bishop was a "weak, dysfunctional, alcoholic loser" which is a monumentally stupid assessment of Elizabeth Bishop that seriously flaws the movie. The movie is vapid, annoying, and cliché-ridden. Plus casting Treat Williams as Robert Lowell, who is a decade and a half older than Miranda Otto playing Elizabeth Bishop ignores the fact that Lowell was six years younger than Bishop is just one of the more egregious errors. Also the villanelle Bishop quotes in the scene in 1951 was not written until the 70's.

LaughingOne Feb 15, 2015

I learned more about Elizabeth Bishop through this film. She may have had an inspired relationship with architect Lota de Macedo Soares, but Elizabeth was an alcoholic and Lota was quite domineering. The match was volatile and not very healthy in my opinion.

Nov 03, 2014

poetry, women loving women, New York City, Rio, architecture, politics, good cinematography. I liked this film which introduced me to Elizabeth Bishop whose poetry I shall now read.

not profound but great film and costume/scenery

Jun 24, 2014

Miranda Otto is interesting as Bishop, but apart from a few moments, it is quite a dull script.

Apr 29, 2014

What really prompted me to finish the movie are the beautiful landscapes of the huge estate of Lota and the modernist interior design and the usual soothing Brazilian musical scoring.

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Apr 07, 2014

The Art of Losing part 1 of 2: One Art---- by Elizabeth Bishop----------
The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

Apr 07, 2014

The art of losing part 2 of 2: I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or next-to-last, of three loved houses went. The art of losing isn't hard to master. I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster. —Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident the art of losing's not too hard to master though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

Apr 07, 2014

Mary: I've come back. I want to take you up on your offer. --- Loto: I'm so glad, Mary. --- Mary: I have no other option. --- Loto: Of course you do, but this is the best one. --- Mary: Well... you don't understand. I mean I have no other option but to love you.

Apr 07, 2014

Elizabeth was tormented that Loto was her best friend Mary's lover ... Loto to Liz: "What kind of life can you expect if you put friendship before love?"


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