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"Film protrayals of creative geniuses are seldom convincing, so I was not keen on seeing this one. However, I found it well acted, unpretentious, and full of telling detail. Both I and my partner found it very moving. Everything good I can say about it as a film, your critic has already said. But I disagree with him and many people's complaints that it was not passionate enough. Fanny did her best to carry the romance forward against the warning advice from her worried mother. Keats did his best despite being broke and thus ineligible - and still recovering from nursing his beloved brother to a ghastly death from TB. And he knew that he had a weak chest himself and by his selflessness had vastly increased the risk of dying from TB himself. Those extracts from his poems were partly chosen to show his continual pondering about death during what must have been a traumatic period for him. Hardly the carefree passionate lover desperate to get into her knickers! Do .people think he should have copied his friend Brown and got his girlfriend pregnant? Keats is one of the few Eng Lit giants who seens to have been respected by everyone and loved by his many friends. (They were also broke, but they managed to collect enough money to send him to Italy.) Keats was a man of honour. He knew his health was weak and he had no money. What could he offer her except his devotion, and his innermost thoughts and feelings? And that's what he did."

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