Thanks for the update Tesla.
Thanks for the update Tesla.
I think I've read all the posts in the thread, and we've veered into various versions and offshoots of Austen's work, but I don't think I've seen anyone mention Lost in Austen, which I thought was a hilarious take on P & P.
^ I thought Lost in Austen was pretty great too. Perhaps just a tad too long ... but only a tad. Great premise, well executed.
Other variations on the theme I liked:
Miss Austen Regrets -- Olivia Williams was just about exactly how I imagined Jane to be.
The Jane Austen Book Club (both book and movie) -- another great premise well executed.
And of course, Bride and Prejudice, which we did talk about briefly up-thread. There were a couple of elements of the story that didn't quite translate effectively to modern day (like the utter scandal of Lakhi/Lydia disappearing with Wickham for a day) ... but overall it worked, and was absolutely gorgeous to watch.
Ok, finally have had the time to watch the 1980 version of P&P that so many here recommended.
Shot like a bad soap opera, the acting is bland (does Darcy have ANY expression?), the edits are just odd at times . . . I'll stick with the 1995 version from now on.
But glad I got to see it for comparison, so thanks everyone for the recommendation!
In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.
Bumping this thread to say happy 200th birthday to Pride and Prejudice!
And also to note that while sick with the flu last week, I got totally addicted to "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" which someone linked to up thread. Still not quite caught up with all the episodes yet, but I'm having fun watching them.
Happy birthday P&P
I really like the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, here is the link
I started on Saturday and have almost caught up. I like the way they are portraying Lidia so far; but I´m curious about the scandal. What could it be?
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Thanks for the notice -- happy 200th birthday, oh happiest of novels!
I've always loved the BBC version, but my grandma was given the movie from 2006 (with Kiera Knightley) for Christmas, so we sat down and watched it together. We both acknowledged before the movie stared that obviously some stuff would be different, since they had only two and a half hours where the BBC had six.
But most of the way through we were "nope...nope...nope..."
I honestly believe the casting director was on some kind of amphetamine or other mind-altering substance. I was won over on Matthew Macfadyen (sp?) as Darcy, but Bingley was a bit too goofy, Lizzie too sharp, I spent most of the first part trying to tell Lydia and Kitty apart, Mary was too pretty (sorry Mary!), Wickham too sleazy (he's supposed to be charming!), Mr Collins too creepy, Colonel Fitzwilliam too ugly (the Colonel is supposed to be fair and charming and tempt Lizzy!)...it goes on.
I also disliked the setting. Mr Bennet is a gentleman. He may not be rich, but the estate of Longbourn is a gentleman's manor, and even Elizabeth describes herself in the book as "a gentleman's daughter". The movie Longbourn was too rough for my liking.
On the flipside, I did like some of the altered scenes. The proposal in the rain was pretty well-done, especially because it had that moment when Darcy said he thought Jane indifferent to Bingley and for a single hovering moment, you thought maybe Lizzy might reconsider...the following scene with Lizzy looking in the mirror was also pretty good, except I felt it would have better come after the letter.
And for some reason I liked when Lady Catherine came to Longbourn, as well. Bingley's little freakout over his proposal to Jane was funny.
200 years and not a wrinkle in sight!
BTW, has the BBC's 2009 Emma miniseries been mentioned? I took a quick look through the thread but couldn't see it. Romola Garai plays Emma, Jonny Lee Miller plays Mr. Knightley and Michael Gambon plays a very convincing Mr. Woodhouse - which is not easy, because the character can look like a caricature.
BBC's Emma is nowhere near as unforgettable as the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, but still I enjoyed it. In particular, there is a playfulness to Emma and Mr. Knightley's relationship that comes across very well. Romola Garai looks a bit too modern, with her posture and body language, but I always love watching her. The production value is not as high as in most other BBC period drama series, OTOH I enjoyed all the supporting actors - maybe except Anne Taylor who comes across as a bit too giggly and immature. And it is very romantic, which is essential, innit?
In any case, you'd be better off watching it than not watching it.
misskarne, I totally agree with you about the 2005 P&P.
^ Knowledge Network (BC's public television) just finished replaying this version of Emma and I watched it again. I agree with all your points, though I think I'd give even more credit to Garai. Emma is probably Austen's most "modern" heroine, and I think Garai played the part dead on. (Though I will agree about her posture!)
Gambon was perfect in this role, and I really enjoyed Miller's Knightly too -- though I did see a lot of the same mannerisms he employs in his Sherlock character (or vice versa).
Cornelius Booth as Colonel FitzwilliamColonel Fitzwilliam, who led the way, was about thirty, not handsome, but in person and address most truly the gentleman.