Summer in February


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IMDb Rating 5.6 10 3365


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Emily Browning as Florence Carter Wood
Dan Stevens as Gilbert Evans
Dominic Cooper as AJ Munnings
Hattie Morahan as Laura Knight
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by James 8 / 10

Pretty accurate portrayal of lives and loves of lesser-known artists based in a scenic Cornwall in 1914

British films with a historical theme are typically well-made, gorgeous to look at and in general worth watching; and Christopher Menaul's "Summer in February" is no exception. This is certainly a powerful advertisement for wonders of Cornwall only too apparent to those like myself, who have been there and fallen in love with the county pretty much instantly. For artists, it was always a matter of landscape and "the light" there, and this is also no exaggeration.

In this particular case, the artistic community featured is one that assembled in Cornwall from around 1907, and in particular in the 1910-1913 period. The film itself claims to be set in 1914, when the February was indeed mild, as winters in Cornwall typically are. However, this is a slight "telescoping" of the facts in what is otherwise a fairly faithful presentation of true history. The key protagonists are (Sir) Alfred James (AJ) Munnings (1878-1959) - here rendered by Dominic Cooper; Florence Carter-Wood (1888-1914) - played by Australian Emily Browning; non-artist Captain Gilbert Evans (1883-1966) - played by Downton's Dan Stevens; Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) - played by Hattie Morahan; and Laura's husband Harold Knight (1874-1961) - played by Shaun Dingwall. All are well-acted, and portray what by the standards of the day was a bit of a "Bohemian" lifestyle.

At this point, we come to the key question here - do you want to devote 100 minutes of your life to the relatively passionate and tragic, but ultimately sort-of trivial goings-on of artists few have ever heard of over 100 years ago? The question comes all the louder when one notes that the story told here (basically by writer Jonathan Smith) arises primarily because Munnings was not an especially nice or stable guy, Florence was not an especially rational woman, and Evans was the "Officer and Gentleman" you might expect.

By this point, a normal person might be screaming out: "who cares?"

In my view, this is the wrong attitude; but then I opted to watch the film anyway - because of Cornwall, because British-made, and because the acting was good in a story that does have a good dose of passion and sadness in it. As a bonus, I learned that, for all their faults, the above artists were very talented indeed, produced quite a few very impressive works (readily viewable online, as well as in galleries) and are (relatively) little-known solely because the tide of (trendy, though not necessarily ordinary person's) interest turned against their kind of painting. Munnings was notably opposed to Modern Art, and Menaul has Cooper make an angry (possibly drunken) reference to "Pi**-casso", which I found quite witty!

In fact - among many other things - Munnings went on to paint pictures (sometimes even slightly impressionistic) for the Canadian Cavalry in WWI, and these are as significant and moving as you might expect.

Perhaps you don't need to watch a film to learn about the above artists and come to appreciate their worth?

Well, as it happens I did, and am more than happy to be enlightened in this way...

And I shall certainly track down these artists further the next time I'm in Cornwall.

Reviewed by Reno Rangan 6 / 10

A true feeling or a genius, who would you choose among them to be your life partner!

Biographical films do their job depicting the real events, but the way they were transformed to the screen matter a lot, This one was decent as a film, but as a someone's real story I was impressed. I learn about the world and its famous people by watching films. I did not know this person, so thanks to the film. It centres on the three people as seen them on the poster, but mostly Florence's perspective that beautifully played by Emily Browning. She was introduced by her brother to his circle where she develops a true feeling for one and later decides to marry another for the different reason. The remaining film narrates her life falling apart and can she make it all right to the end.

Being a biopic is what its strength, but the story is another version of many films and the people around us. The cast was great, but Emily Browning was on the top of the show. Shot in beautiful places, and I loved the background score. These things make it worth a watch, but if you are interested in the art and artists, you might enjoy it well. If you decide to watch out of the interest, make sure you keep low expectation, especially for the final part. Because people are disappointed how it ended than what it revealed. In a biopic they can't change just to please the viewers, instead the viewers have to learn to accept the truth.

My issue was the filmmaking, I was not that impressed with that. It was adapted from a book of the same name, but the film narrated only a few years of the life of Florence. Especially around her romance and marriage life, prior to that events are not known. So that makes the story too familiar compared with the other films. It should have improved a bit with the additional details out of the original source. A small research would have helped them on that. Other than that this film was quite interesting with some unexpected development in the important portion. So it can be watched once, but you won't remember for a long.


Reviewed by Goingbegging 5 / 10

Wallpaper job

We think of Alfred Munnings as someone born old - the reactionary curmudgeon grimly rejecting everything new in art. So a romantic tale of the young Munnings joining a Cornish artists' colony in 1912 makes an appealing topic, even though the film turns out to be little more than escapist wallpaper.

The screenplay is drawn from a novel based on real events, with the future Dame Laura Knight as the moving force behind the group, played with gusto by Hattie Morahan. Her patronising of gypsy communities may be called... well, patronising, but it lends colour to this film, along with the equine theme, giving us not only a dramatic race-meeting down on the beach, but also some well-deserved exposure for Munnings' acclaimed horse-paintings.

Artists' communes are always incestuous, and the main story is a love-triangle, with Munnings and his friend Gilbert competing for the hopelessly unstable Florence Carter-Wood, played in a suitably minor key by Emily Browning. A discreet view of a local artist's model emerging naked from the sea brings out the insecurity in Florence, who stands in front of the mirror anxiously comparing her own endowments. Later, when she is shown Munnings' portrait of her, proudly displayed at the Royal Academy, she attempts suicide because his portraits of other women are also on display. By now, Munnings and Florence have married, but the non-chemistry between them is painfully obvious. Gilbert's relationship with her is far more harmonious. But he is just off to the war, as the end-titles helpfully notify us.

The producers are obviously trying to achieve a Brideshead touch, but the characters are not sharply drawn, and we are mainly just drifting in an agreeable atmosphere of rocky coves, gypsy violins against the surf, passionate poetry recitals and credible period dialogue, not without appropriate elements of coarseness.

Laura's husband, the eminent Harold Knight, is somewhat thrown away. And one of the poems ends with the words 'Summer in February', which are left hanging there as the title of the film, though their meaning is hard indeed to fathom. IMDb mentions a running-time of 100 minutes, so my HD version at 82 must be missing some scenes. It is certainly missing professional post-production - ye gods, the audio is something like two seconds out of kilter with the video!

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