(2017). Fort Da, 23(2):95-101
Margaret written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan Sony Pictures Classics: 2005/2011, 150/186 min
The two “Margarets” in the title refer, respectively, to a Gerard Manley Hopkins's sonnet written in 1880 and published posthumously in 1918, and to director-screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan's 2005 film. The latter could be described as posthumous as well, as its relatively unheralded late release (in 2011) to too few screening venues, post-dated the film's production by well over five years. In another sense, the “Margarets” refer to the two film versions currently available on disc: the 150-minute theatrical version and a more immersive, 186-minute extended version. The latter, somewhat like process notes in to a published case, not only includes scenes that illustrate and resolve provocative ambiguities in the theatrical release but also disjointed sequences that disrupt continuity.
Hopkins's sonnet, “Spring and Fall: To a Young ,” is often referenced by its first line:
Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter , the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
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