Film Reviews

  • Austen Superpowers: Finding Yours With Anne Elliot anne elliotAnne Elliot: A quiet force to be reckoned with.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
    Lizzy Bennet may be the one with all the flash and sparkle, but one should never underestimate one of Austen’s more reserved heroines, Anne Elliot of …
  • Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Party with Bride and Prejudice Bride and PrejudiceWelcome to the third of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style.
    Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.

     
    The days are getting shorter. Winter is coming. A dragon has been turned. But …

  • Jane Austen Adaptations: Behind the Scenes Where to find the scripts of Jane Austen Films
  • Love and Friendship – Behind the scenes Love and Friendship – Whit Stillman lets us in on some of the filming secrets.

    Want a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Making of ‘Love and friendship’? There are interviews, location shots and camera work on show in this handsome 6 minute feature given to us by Curzon Films.
    The film scored a remarkable 99% …

  • Film Review: Pride and Prejudice (2005) by Sheryl Craig Cinderella Meets Mr. Darcy
  • Almost Persuaded| ITV’s Persuasion An energetic take on Austen’s classic
  • Bride and Prejudice: 2004 Bollywood’s Pride and Prejudice extravaganza!
  • Austenland: The Film A Review by Margaret C. Sullivan
  • Pride and Prejudice (1980) A review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • From Prada to Nada A review by Vic Sanborn
  • Lost in Austen If you enjoyed Bridget Jones’s Diary, it is more than probable that you will find the new ITV British television series Lost in Austen excessively diverting. Lost in Austen aired in the UK in September and in Canada on the new Canadian channel Viva in November. As actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr. Bennet, asserts, …
  • Film Scripts for the Austen Movies When the final credits roll on an Austen film, whether you’ve loved it or not, it’s often fun to find out more. What were relationships like on and off the set? Where did they film these great houses? Who designed the costumes? Was the final product true to the script? Were there any extra scenes …
  • Bright Star – A Film Review bright starBright Star
    It is rare that a film separates potential viewers into two camps so easily as Bright Star, director Jane Campion’s ode to the relationship between John Keats, the great 19th century Romantic poet, and Fanny Brawne, an independent, opinionated Englishwoman whose intellectual curiosity and appreciation for poetry won Keats’ heart. For filmgoers who enjoy …
  • Emma (2009) on Masterpiece Classic: A Review a review by Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
  • Sense and Sensibility Goes Gothic Sir Walter Scott confessed that, although he could write action adventure novels “like any now going,” he lacked Jane Austen’s genius, “the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting.” Filmmakers should take note. Infusing an Austen novel with testosterone does not make it better, and the 2008 BBC Sense and Sensibility seems …
  • Miss Austen Regrets: An “Imagined” Biography I am greatly pleased with your account of Fanny; I found her in the summer just what you describe, almost another sister; and could not have supposed that a niece would ever have been so much to me. She is quite after one’s own heart; give her my best love, and tell her that I …
  • Almost Persuaded: ITV’s Persuasion The game is afoot in ITV’s Persuasion as Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins) speed walks down a maze of hallways in Kellynch and jogs down the streets of Bath in what was, presumably, the film makers’ attempt to add action and energy to Jane Austen’s posthumously published 1817 classic. No doubt, the film’s creators felt …
  • Becoming Jane: Becoming Fictional Prior knowledge of Jane Austen’s life
    will not enhance the viewer’s enjoyment of the film.”
     
    Becoming Jane is not really about Jane Austen. Becoming is about us and our Austen- inspired, time travel fantasies. Through the artistry of costume and set designers, whose efforts must be applauded, Becoming may achieve the outward appearance of …
  • Barbara Cartland’s Mansfield Park The 2007 made-for-television film Mansfield Park is not to be confused with Jane Austen’s 1814 novel of the same name. Like Lydia Bennet’s marriage, the ITV Park is “a patched up business.”
    The best scenes are William Price (Joseph Morgan) dancing a hornpipe and newlyweds Fanny (Billie Piper) and Edmund (Blake Ritson) waltzing on the lawn. …
  • Northanger Abbey 2007: The Continuing Saga Another Jane Austen novel is being dusted off for the big screen. This time, Miramax films is co-producing Northanger Abbey. It’s a $9 million feature adaptation of Jane Austen’s first published novel. Shooting begins this fall in Bath, an historic city to about 150 kilometres southwest of London and well-known to Austen. …
  • Pride and Prejudice 2005: Cinderella Meets Mr. Darcy Is Pride and Prejudice primarily a Cinderella story? How you answer that question may well determine whether you will enjoy or detest the 2005 Keira Knightley/Matthew Macfadyen film.
    When spending quality time with Jane Austen’s novel, gentle reader, do you imagine paint peeling from the Bennet family home or picture Longbourn’s back garden as a filthy …
  • Bride and Prejudice: Bollywood’s Pride and Prejudice extravaganza!  
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must have no life without wife.

    Obviously, something was lost in translation between the 1813 novel and the 2004 film, but the sentiment in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and in Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice is the same. …

  • Pride and Prejudice: A Latter Day Comedy From the beginning film producers have felt compelled to adapt and update Jane Austen’s books. Paramount did it with the movie Clueless, when they set Emma against the backdrop of a here and now Beverly Hills. Kandukondain Kandukondain placed Sense and Sensibility in modern day India. Now, a new version of Pride and Prejudice continues …
  • Kandukondain Kandukondain: The Indian Film Industry takes on Jane Austen It is a truth universally acknowledged…that Jane Austen’s works must be popular wherever they are found. While her works have been translated into many languages across the world, it is only the recent films that have made her a household name, with even small children familiar with her characters and plots. …
  • Emma: The Girl that Jane Liked North America finally gets to see Emma…
  • Metropolitan, Clueless and Bridget Jones’s Diary Recent Austen knock-offs: The Sincerest Form of Flattery?
  • Northanger Abbey: 1986 A Great Deal of it Must be Invention
  • Persuasion: 1995 Perhaps the most perfect Austen adaptation ever!
  • Persuasion: 1971 The first of the “old” BBC adaptations
  • Emma(3): 1996 BBC/A&E’s 1996 Emma offering
  • Emma(2): 1996 Miramax’s take on the Novel
  • Emma: 1972 What some critics have called the best of the early Austen films.
  • Mansfield Park: 1999 Patricia Rozema’s controversial adaptation
  • Mansfield Park: 1983 A critical view of the BBC’s version of Mansfield Park
  • Pride and Prejudice: 1940 The first of Jane Austen’s novels committed to film
  • Sense and Sensibility: 1995 Emma Thompson’s Award Winning Film
  • Pride and Prejudice: 1995 Behind the scenes of the A&E/BBC Favorite
  • Sense and Sensibility: 1985 A contrast of Elinor Dashwood and Charlotte Lucas
  • Pride and Prejudice: 1979 The BBC/Masterpiece Theater adaptation
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