A Quiet Passion

Synopsis: The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Terence Davies
Production: Hurricane Films
  3 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

'Sic transit Gloria mundi'

"as it is the least wayward

and shows some wit.

"As to the rest of the poetry,

it is in the common metre,

"childish, like nursery rhymes.

"But I must confess that the genuine

classics of every language

"are the work of men, not of women.

"Women, I fear, cannot create

the permanent treasures of literature."

Where's Emily?

- Emily!

Come here at once!

Remember, Aunt Elizabeth has

celebrated the Dickinson dynasty

- in 55 stanzas.

- And every one of them dull.

Aunt Elizabeth!

Oh, at last, Emily.

I was nearly kept waiting.

And what is your opinion of my poem,


I'm sure your verse is equal

to your talent, Aunt.

If I were clever enough, I should probably

take offence at that dubious compliment.

Oh, but, Aunt, all the best compliments

are dubious.

That's part of their charm.

Did you enjoy my verses, Austin?

Very much, Aunt.

They put Paradise Lost to shame.

Your children are far too sophisticated,


I'm sure part of me disapproves.

- Disapproval is a heavy thing.

- Oh.

Besides, if I had to choose between

having sophisticated children

and ones that were merely docile,

I should choose the former.

- Docility is too much like slavery.

- That sounds like abolitionist talk.

No, it is not. But no Christian

could ever make a case for slavery.

Please, let us not discuss this subject.

It is both improper and tiresome.

Not to those who are enslaved.

I see we have

a Robespierre in our midst.

No, not Robespierre.

Charlotte Corday, perhaps.

Edward, they're as bad as you are.

I believe you've had your first poem



In the Springfield Republican.

It-- it was printed anonymously.

That seems a little eccentric.

But in the circumstances,

probably a good thing.

We can't all be Milton.

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Terence Davies

Terence Davies (born 10 November 1945) is an English screenwriter, film director, novelist and actor. He is best known as the writer and director of Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992) as well the collage film Of Time and the City (2008). more…

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