Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jane Austen and Remakes

Posted by Strlady at 10:51 AM
Jane Austen does it for me. No questions, no tip toeing around it. She just does it for me.
This time of year I pull out my Pride and Prejudice DVD and glom it. I tend to prefer the Colin Firth / Jennifer Ehle version, as does the rest of humanity, but I have been watching the Matthew Macfadyen / Kiera Knightly version these last couple of years since it's alot easier to suck someone into watching a 2 hour movie vs a 5 hour series...

Last Christmas I was giving new material. I got this:

I loved the Hugh Grant / Emma Thompson version but after seeing this one on PBS I could not believe I found a superior version. Hattie Morahan owns the role of Elinor Dashwood. there is so much open emotion revealed by all of the characters that I will never watch the Hollywood version again.

Talking about remakes, I'll be watching this one next:

I own the CiarĂ¡n Hinds / Amanda Root version but after watching once I couldn't really figure out what the big deal was. I could not really relate or sympathize with the heroine. BBC remade it at the same time as the Sense and Sensibility one. I loved it. Sally Hawkins made me feel for Anne Elliot and Rupert Penry-Jones allowed me to see Capt Wentworth as a man really hurt by Miss Elliot's betrayal. If you feel for the characters the Happy Ever After is so much sweeter.

Now, on to a matter left unattended for too long...

The unfinished Pinwheel project is headed off to Mary at the Quilt Hollow.
Looking forward to seeing what you make of it.

4 comments on "Jane Austen and Remakes"

Abby on December 14, 2010 at 10:57 AM said...

I agree with you about the BBC version of S&S! It's soo good! I really enjoy all of the BBC productions they show on PBS - they really do a great job!

Anonymous said...

Bet you'll want it back. :-) Thank you...just need to find the time right?!!

angie on December 20, 2010 at 12:37 PM said...

I'll have to watch that version...I loved the Collin Firth one...
A new Jane Eyre is coming out in the Spring (2011)... Not Jane Austen (Charlotte Bronte) but it is one of my FAVORITE books.

April on December 27, 2010 at 9:55 PM said...

ha! this is too funny. I started reading Pride & Prejudice last week. I've always been a Jane Austen fan (okay, what female isnt??) I just watched P&P Christmas night & watched Jane Austen Book club last night (LOL) can you tell I'm on a roll here?? I never knew there were 2 versions of P & P!!!! (I've only ever watched the Keira knightly one) but now i need to watch the other :) P &P is hands down one of my favorite movies (next to love actually of course..)
what is it this time of year that just makes me want to have a jane austen marathon?


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