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Cynara: Poetry in Motion (1996)

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1883, Baycliff, an isolated English village on the Irish Sea. Two women's friendship becomes passion. Cynara, a sculptor, alone, befriends Byron, a visitor who's left Paris in unhappiness. ... See full summary »

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1883, Baycliff, an isolated English village on the Irish Sea. Two women's friendship becomes passion. Cynara, a sculptor, alone, befriends Byron, a visitor who's left Paris in unhappiness. They ride horses, talk, play chess, and exchanging tenderness. Byron inspires Cynara as she sculpts, Cynara becomes Byron's muse as she writes. Then each imagines expressing physical passion to the other, Cynara's visions in black and white, Byron's in color. Their touches remain brief. Does respectability hold them back? What might pull down any last barriers to their expressions of love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the early part of the movie, when Cynara is describing Byron, Byron is standing by the fire place smoking a filter cigarette. As the first cigarette filter was not produced until 1927, it would not be possible for Byron to be smoking a filter cigarette in 1883, the time setting of this movie. See more »

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An excuisite story about passion and desire
20 June 2012 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

First of all, my respects to all the people involved in this short filmed movie and especially to Nicole Conn for her brilliant idea. Never have I seen a story expressed through a standalone picture, so well. The narration was almost dreamy, the poems used were ecstatic especially Dowson's tormented poem for his only lost love...Cynara. The photography was beautiful and I have the feeling that being a bit blurred was the fault that made it so beautiful. A perfect one would be so unrealistic... I mean we don't watch Star Wars here, but a confounded love story. The costumes and the set were a delightful thing to watch addressing the Victorian era perfectly (one cannot argue if have read Jane Austin, Sarah Waters, or watched BBC adaptations of this era). The cinematography was intoxicating…. from where to start and where to finish. The story is as simple as you could ever imagine being. Two women meet in an ocean inn and start to share each other company… a sculptress and a writer. Both seem to be unsatisfied with their life. Cynara( the sculptress) is isolated in this place many years feeling lonely and bored and one might guess why her family sent her away( is it because of her homosexuality that her aunt knew? And was not something to talk about openly at that time). The writer was a tormented soul that was seeking peace within her (that's why she left Paris). These two characters instantly hooked. We see them enjoying playing chess, talking, walking, horseback riding in the beach. It must be noted that the horseback riding added so much value in this movie. Actually all the romance and flirting was expressed through these scenes. The fantasies that each woman had were fantastically shot. The two actresses portrayed wonderfully through their body and face expressions the transition from friendship to desire. The chemistry was so powerful and strong that one could characterize it as volcano explosions. The love making scene was utterly intoxicating and surely to say the best love scene ever filmed between two women. This short filmed movie can move free spirit minds and can even shake the quake and wake the life of conventional ones. Even if I am straight up to now because you never know in this life, I say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with love, passion and desire between women. By all means this movie is not soft porn as many claim to be…. And to be honest I enjoyed more the first 30 minutes than the love making scene. It's a pure drama romance that deserves to be watched especially from people who live for the moment. The rating is very unfair and unjust. Hopefully this movie will not apply to a specific audience as it is design to be. Personally I would love to see such projects coming out.


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