Not only is this film interesting formally--but it adds new knowledge to the precariously interpreted biography of Emily Dickinson. In a similar vein to Theodor Adorno, Dickinson has been biographized as being a solitary and unloved hermit. Unbeknown to many; Emily was loved and romanced by her best friend and neighbour throughout her entire life. She was indeed a recluse--with an erotic life.
not a faithful portrait necessarily but one that weirdly--in all of its goofiness--does perfect justice to the history &erasure of dickinson--the passion & personality that shines thru the poems. shannon was the perfect dickinson for me--someone whose passion smolders beneath camp & gags & irrepressible strangeness. &, sorry, so hot to see two middle aged women w/ little make up making out god bless this director
Takes a similar approach as The Little Hours in terms of adherence (or lack thereof) to the code of historical filmmaking. Low key storytelling and more chortles than outright laughs, but just feels really powerful in terms of queering the past.