Nineteenth-century Romanticism—with its escape from an increasingly complex and industrialized world to the simplicity and purity of nature—is experienced through the literature of Hugo, Brontë, Shelley and Byron. In a scene from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo sees society as the force that makes men evil. Attitudes toward passions are typified in scenes from Wuthering Heights. Ideals of life and death are brought home in the reenactment of Shelley’s funeral pyre on the beach, as his friend and fellow poet, Lord Byron, swims out to sea for a better view. “An imaginatively conceived film which will be valuable in history, literature, and humanities classes.”—Booklist. An LCA release.
American Film Festival
24 minutes • Color