Sunday, February 17, 2008

Jane Austen

This weekend, I watched the DVD Becoming Jane, a romantic film about the private life of Jane Austen. Probably a great deal of the story had to have been complete fiction, but presumably it was based upon a romance between Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy. I was very impressed with the transformation of Anne Hathaway in the film. I didn't see much of "Ella Enchanted" or "The Devil Wears Prada" in it. Admittedly, I still think "That'll do, pig" whenever I see James Cromwell in a film, even when playing president of the U.S.

It has rekindled my interest in Austen's novels. I have to now add her novels to my list of books to re-read... Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey. I haven't read them all... more books on the wish list...

It was actually very refreshing to see a movie where the main characters ended up doing the honorable and unselfish thing... I won't spoil the show for you, but here is the movie trailer:


Anonymous said...

Do you have access to PBS? Masterpiece, (the new name for Masterpiece Theater,) is running a series of dramatizations of all the Jane Austen novels as well as a highly speculative treatment of her later years, Miss Austen Regrets.
I think you'd enjoy it if you can still catch it.

lvschant said...

We do have PBS... I'll definitely check it out... thanks for the info.