A.S. Byatt: Angels and Insects
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 : 6:00pm
University Park Campus
Seeley G. Mudd Building
This provocative adaptation of the Byatt novella Morpho Eugenia crams in Darwin, religion, butterflies, maidservants and incest.
This provocative adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s novella, Morpho Eugenia, manages to pack in Darwin, religion, horses, butterflies, maid-servants, and incest, all the while illuminating brilliantly the world of Victorian England. With a scientist hero, a family full of secrets, and a feminist heroine with a gift for irony and biology, this film is both an immersion in and (dare one say) a dissection of the “evolution” of the 19th century.
Imagine that Charles Darwin himself had landed not in the Galapagos Island but an English country house — this is the film he would have made.