Coming to DVD and VOD today, Tuesday, June 12:
MY LETTER TO THE WORLD
A consideration of the life and writing of Emily Dickinson.
Made as a companion piece to Terence Davies’ Dickinson biopic, A QUIET PASSION, Papadopoulos’ project is an informative but workmanlike project that aims to dig deeper into the historical record of the poet’s life and work. Decidedly better suited to the small screen, given its heavy usage of expert talking heads, the doc could have benefited from more generous and creative usage of clips from Davies’ well-received drama. Actress Cynthia Nixon, who portrayed the poet in the latter, here resumes the role, voicing Dickinson’s poems and letters; while helping to enliven the affair, the result nevertheless feels a bit old-fashioned and cements the project as decidedly niche and unlikely to attract those not already ardent admirers of the poet.