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Now, a century later, "Miss Potter" (directed by Chris Noonan, starring Rene Zellweger) has a new story to tell, and quite a fairy tale it is, too, with all the delightful magic of one of Beatrix Potter's own stories: winsome characters, luscious settings, strong period details. I was charmed by this film (viewed on DVD, with all the extras), and spent an enchanted evening watching it. As a movie, it is fine family entertainment--something that's hard to come by, these days.
But the film has been widely billed as a biopic, and if you were looking for a story that's true to Beatrix's life, this one might mislead you. Richard Maltby (who wrote the script and spent some 10 years trying to get it produced) and Chris Noonan have teamed up to give us a lovely fairy tale, but one that is based on some fairly fundamental misrepresentations of Beatrix's real life.
Take that elaborate Christmas party, for instance, in a festooned Potter mansion. This dramatically pivotal event could never have happened, for Rupert and Helen Potter were Dissenters who did not celebrate Christmas--much to Beatrix's disappointment, as a child longing for a tree and the trimmings. (In life, both the Potters seem to have been much more dour people than their on-screen representations.)
Or take those childhood visits to the Lake Districts, which never happened either. The Potters holidayed in Scotland until Beatrix was 16. Which means that she could not have met Willie Heelis, who was nearly five years younger than Beatrix, anyway (not older, as the film portrays him).Read more ›
With only some shame I have to admit to knowing very little about Beatrix Potter. To inject some autobiography, I was not read Potter as a child and though after my divorce I raised my daughter, reading to her constantly, there was an agreement that on her periodic visits to her mother she would be allowed to read her Beatrix Potter (because of a Potter obsession by her own godmother) and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read my daughter every other children's' writer, but was forbidden to dip into either of those. So I saw this biopic knowing next to nothing about her. The film seemed to me to give a good impression of who she was. She emerges in the film as a sort of timid feminist, not a activist, but quietly insisting on taking her own path. Though there are flashbacks to her childhood and the final quarter of the film focuses on her moving to the Lake District, most of the film deals with the period of partnership and eventually romance between her and her publisher, Norman Warne. One suspects that of necessity a great deal is left out, but as it exists it is compelling.Read more ›
See it, and you too will likely be spreading the word with an almost missionary zeal. I haven't enjoyed a film this much in 20 years!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An outstanding movie the whole family can watch. Stellar performances by Miss Zellweger, Mr. McGregor and the rest. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Highland Croft
Love this movie! I grew up with Peter Rabbit, and her story is so beautiful although parts are sad. Definitely have tissues on hand. Nit does however have a happy ending. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nina C. Swain
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|Masterpiece Theater Tales of Beatrix Potter||
The BBC "The Tale of Beatrix Potter", was based on the book by Margaret Lane, I think. Both the book and the video are beautifully done, and I also wish BBC would release the video on DVD. I copied it from the PBS airing years ago because it was so outstanding.
The recent... Read More
Nov 16, 2007 by elizabeth bennett | See all 16 posts
I too have been searching for this for years. My aunt loved it but did not record it and would dearly love to own it. For some reason it has never been released. Why not?
Nov 19, 2009 by C. Hill | See all 13 posts
Yes it does....it only took five years to get a answer.
Apr 15, 2012 by Harry Potter09 | See all 4 posts
|In Memorium: Tasha Tudor ( 1912-2008)||
Oh I am so sorry to hear about her passing. The books are absolutely incredible.
Jul 29, 2008 by Mocha's Mom | See all 2 posts
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