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post #41 of 278
Okay, I also must say I am not a Jane Austen purist. For me, the movies stand in their own right. I HAVE read three of her novels (P&P, S&S, and Persuasion), but I'm not so loyal to her that I am upset by changes in the movies.

Don't talk to me about Lord of the Rings, though.

I still stand by my total love of the new P&P. The more I watch it the more I like both KK and MM. I also like how the Bennets are portrayed--life with 5 kids probably is chaotic--I like how their household seems more "real" not so sterile and always perfect. I don't htink anyone can look at that house without thinking that they aren't even just a little bit rich. I think it portrays them just perfectly--with some land, some means, but not the ueber-rich of the lesser nobility. More like middle-class, as it were.

Say what you will, I still REALLY like this new version. Yes, the end makes me squirm a bit--but I also think it is sweet.

I'm almost scared to watch the A&E version; I want to like it, too; but since the standard for me is the new one, I don't want to be disappointed. I'm trusting you guys that I won't be!!!!!
post #42 of 278
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Originally Posted by lorijds
I'm almost scared to watch the A&E version; I want to like it, too; but since the standard for me is the new one, I don't want to be disappointed. I'm trusting you guys that I won't be!!!!!
I don't know of anyone who hasn't seen it and loved it. My sister, who swore she HATED Pride and Prejudice (would roll her eyes and leave the room when my mom would put it on-"Pride and Prejudice, again?"), watches the A&E version at least once a month (yes, all 6 hours of it!). She is the classic convert. She also now has the book at her bedside and picks it up when all else fails.

And not that Colin Firth doesn't look incredible now, but this version was made 11 years ago. He looked even more incredible back then.

Keep an open mind. And let's not forget Jenninfer Ehle. What a wonderful Lizzy.
post #43 of 278
um, taking a step back just a moment to observe-

we sound a wee bit obsessed!
post #44 of 278
http://www.firth.com/teor_gal9.html

Hey! The interview is online! Watch it!

ETA: I was so excited that I didn't explain, this is the one where Brigette Jones interviews Colin Firth.
post #45 of 278
http://hem.passagen.se/lmw/bridget2.html

Here is the interview from the book, just the "script".
post #46 of 278
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Originally Posted by mata
um, taking a step back just a moment to observe-

we sound a wee bit obsessed!
Just a wee bit? Oh, no, I am much more obsessed than that!

Off to watch that interview...
post #47 of 278
Hmmm... now I have to come up with a hot location, too!
post #48 of 278
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Yes, the end makes me squirm a bit--but I also think it is sweet.
That's it, exactly. I knew when I was watching it that it was hokey but I was just loving it anyway.

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I'm almost scared to watch the A&E version; I want to like it, too; but since the standard for me is the new one, I don't want to be disappointed. I'm trusting you guys that I won't be!!!!!
You won't be disappointed. They're too different. The BBC version (it was BBC before it was A&E, I thought) has the luxury of being longer and therefore more accurate. Jennifer Ehle is probably more classically trained.

But the new version was a well done shorter piece that was lovely to look at.

And there simply is no getting past MM's lonnnng walk across the misty field, piano music building, our anticipation mounting because we know why he's coming. To use a fan fic term: Guh.

My daughter gave me the dvd for my birthday last week. It was heavenly. Dh pointed out the many similar plot lines to S&S. And he complained about the lack of explosions or gun fights.
post #49 of 278
Thread Starter 
Okay, I went and put it on.

"Mr Bingley? Oh my goodness! Everybody behave naturally!"
post #50 of 278
Thread Starter 
Mr Darcy:

"You have bewitched me body and soul and I love... I love... I love you."

post #51 of 278
I *SWEAR* MM makes me swoon..What a silly phrase but GAH he does!!! That long walk across the field is amazing! And the way he talks to Lizzie..Trying to get out what he has to say but having a hard time finding the words..*Sigh* And that last scene is wonderful..Even if it is sappy!

I think a lot of which P&P you like best has to do with which one you see first. I saw the new one first and fell in love with the beauty of it, the actors and the drama..Then I watched the A&E version a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed it but it seemed a bit stale for some reason. I guess I didn't like the actresses that played Jane or Lydia...They were irritating..And Wickham didn't look like I thought he would..

I thought Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle did a great job..But I think Matthew McFadyen will always be my Mr.Darcy!

And I throw another *SWOON* in just for the fun of it!!
post #52 of 278
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"You have bewitched me body and soul and I love... I love... I love you
He does really deliver that nicely, doesn't he?

I love both movies (haven't seen the Greer Garson version that I remember, although I probably saw it a long time ago) in their own right, and I was thinking what someone else said, that the BBC version has classically trained actors and is true to the book, while the current version's director never read the book and doesn't even like period pieces, so I guess for me that put it into perspective.
post #53 of 278
I think there may have been two BBC versions of PP. Just for the record, I am referring the Colin Firth version.
post #54 of 278
Yep! you are right. Those of us who belong to the Jane Austen 12 step use the following to distinguish..
P&P0 1940 Garson Olivier version
P&P1 = First BBC P&P. Shown first in 1979 here
P&P2 = 1995 A&E/BBC, first shown in the US in January 1996..here
P&P3 =2005 here
and one must not forget P&PW=the Wishbone version..

The BBC has made other versions of P&P, but none are available on video tape.
post #55 of 278
Lilacmoon!
post #56 of 278

awww shucks!
post #57 of 278
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Originally Posted by inezyv
http://www.firth.com/teor_gal9.html

Hey! The interview is online! Watch it!

ETA: I was so excited that I didn't explain, this is the one where Brigette Jones interviews Colin Firth.
ooh, bliss. THANK YOU.

(i went & got the movie at the library, but all they had was video & not dvd )

i haven't actually *seen* this new abridged *cough* version, but this matthew person- well, kk actually destroyed my depp buzz in 'pirates', & i can't imagine how luscious a man would have to be to erase the idea of kk as 'lizzie'. ptooey!

colin- i believe i have a date with him in the bedroom after the kids are asleep. (movie night, anyone?)
post #58 of 278
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Originally Posted by TigerTail
ooh, bliss. THANK YOU.
i haven't actually *seen* this new abridged *cough* version, but this matthew person- well, kk actually destroyed my depp buzz in 'pirates', & i can't imagine how luscious a man would have to be to erase the idea of kk as 'lizzie'. ptooey!
But Matthew is HOT..Just a smoldering sexiness..Reminds me of Alan Rickman a lot..Hubba hubba..
post #59 of 278
You know, I adore Colin Firth and Kiera Knightley has always set my teeth on edge. I was actively boycotting this movie on principle until my mom goaded me into it.

I thought it was wonderful. I want to watch it again. I actually thought that Kiera Knightley was a fabulous Elizabeth. The actress who played Jane was much better than in the A&E movie. Mrs. Bennett was excellent - you actually saw her heart, rather than just her annoying traits. And the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennett was beautifully protrayed. There was affection there as opposed to just exasperation. Donald Sutherland was perfect. His Mr. Bennett was delightful and touching.

And (I can't believe I'm going to say this), I loved MacFayden as Darcy. I really did. He seemed genuinely conflicted rather than cold, and you could sense all of that emotion bubbling under the surface very early on.

There were great little things in the cinematography that helped to make the movie so delightful. Like in the beginning when Elizabeth is walking into the house and she views her parents through the window. I learned so much about all three of them in just those few seconds.

Brilliant movie.
post #60 of 278
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Originally Posted by Dragonfly
You know, I adore Colin Firth and Kiera Knightley has always set my teeth on edge. I was actively boycotting this movie on principle until my mom goaded me into it.

I thought it was wonderful. I want to watch it again. I actually thought that Kiera Knightley was a fabulous Elizabeth. The actress who played Jane was much better than in the A&E movie. Mrs. Bennett was excellent - you actually saw her heart, rather than just her annoying traits. And the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennett was beautifully protrayed. There was affection there as opposed to just exasperation. Donald Sutherland was perfect. His Mr. Bennett was delightful and touching.

And (I can't believe I'm going to say this), I loved MacFayden as Darcy. I really did. He seemed genuinely conflicted rather than cold, and you could sense all of that emotion bubbling under the surface very early on.

There were great little things in the cinematography that helped to make the movie so delightful. Like in the beginning when Elizabeth is walking into the house and she views her parents through the window. I learned so much about all three of them in just those few seconds.

Brilliant movie.


I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I understand why an Austen purist would be upset with it..They certainly took liberties with the new version..But it's still just so darn good!!! I bought it a couple of weeks ago! I think it's time I watch it yet again!!
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