Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Young Bluestockings Attend the Cinema: PERSUASION (1995)
Welcome to "Young Bluestockings Attend the Cinema" at NineteenTeen! Today we're discussing the 1995 Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion, starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds!
(As an aside, can I mention how magical the mid-1990s was for Jane Austen fans? We had one fabulous adaptation after another...delightful!)
Ah yes, Persuasion! Lost love, pride and class, vanity, and lots of dashing naval men.
So, whether you watched this movie recently or long ago, please tell us what you thought of it!
Did you like the cast? Did you root for Root, or sigh for Wentworth?
Did you like how the director gave us the silences and low-indoors-lighting of the period, to really put us in that world? Or were you frustrated by that, finding the movie slow, or low-energy, or even at times hard to follow?
If you've read Austen's novel, what did you think of this interpretation of it? Did you think it captured the soul of the original? Did you mind any changes?
And if you have any other comments or insights, please share!!! We bluestockings love to discuss things while sipping our tea (and perhaps enjoying some caraway cakes and ratafia biscuits...)
And to aid the discussion, here are the major actors and creators:
CAST AND CREW:
Director: Roger Michell
Screenwriter: Nick Dear
Anne Elliot: Amanda Root
Wentworth: Ciaran Hinds
Lady Russell: Susan Fleetwood
Sir Walter Elliot: Corin Redgrave
Elizabeth Elliot: Phoebe Nicholls
Mrs. Clay: Felicity Dean
Mary Musgrove: Sophie Thompson
(Interesting fact: Sophie Thompson had a role in another Jane Austen movie--she played Miss Bates in the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma! She is also the sister of Emma Thompson, who played Elinor (and wrote the screenplay) for the 1995 Sense and Sensibility. Austen royalty!)
Charles Musgrove: Simon Russell Beale
Louisa Musgrove: Emma Roberts
Henrietta Musgrove: Victoria Hamilton
Captain Benwick: Richard McCabe
Admiral Croft: John Woodvine
Mrs. Croft: Fiona Shaw
Mr. Elliot: Samuel West