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Miss Potter


A highly fictionalized account of the life of Beatrix Potter, whose books I never read. For a movie starring Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, and Emily Watson—big stars, all of them—it seems to have done very little business. It’s really not what I had hoped for. They might have mentioned that Potter was a recognized expert on fungi, and while they added a postscript that she donated most of her land holdings in the Lake District of England for preservation, I didn’t know that she played an important part in the beginnings of the National Trust, which is sort of like the American National Parks Service and National Trust for Historic Preservation combined.