Exploring Virginia Woolf
By Peter M. Nichols
Published: June 28, 1996
“Wave rises, wave crashes,” she wrote. “God, I wish I were dead.” In the documentary “The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf,” written and directed by John Fuegi, Woolf’s life is explored through wonderfully evocative archival material and sharp observations from her journals and writings.
There are also interviews with Angelica Garnett and Quentin Bell, Woolf’s niece and nephew; Nigel Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West’s son, and the Bloomsbury figures Stephen Spender and Frances Partridge.
Most affecting are the achingly vivid reflections of the Bloomsbury writer, from early womanhood to the day in 1941 when she filled her pockets with stones and walked into the river.
The tape, which costs $59.95, is available from Arthur Cantor Inc. Information: (800) 237-3801.