Monday, October 14, 2013

Movie Monday: Persuasion

You guys know that I loves me a costume drama, and this one is one of my favourites. It's not readily available on DVD (my copy was recorded off TV like five years ago and burnt to DVD from there, so the quality is craptastic), but if you can get hold of a copy it's VERY worth watching. It's interesting in that it was made in the same year as the beloved Colin Firth BBC Pride and Prejudice, but has a completely different feel.

Reasons why Persuasion is awesome:
1. Amanda Root as Anne Elliot. She's absolutely brilliant, especially the way she gradually brings the character out of her shell over the course of the film.
2. Ciaran Hinds as Frederick Wentworth.
3. The music.
4. The opening contrasts between the lives of the navy and the nobility.
5. Corin Redgrave as Sir Walter Elliot. He. Is. FABULOUS.
6. I love that the costumes and the hairstyles are far less ornate than those in Pride and Prejudice.
7. The lighting during the evening scenes. It's something approaching authentic.
8. Phoebe Nicholls as Elizabeth Elliot. She's the epitome of the fantastic awfulness that is Austen's character.
9. Love letters in the shape of boats.
10. The Musgroves.
11. Anne's sneaky eye rolls in the background when Mary acts like an idiot.
12. Mrs. Croft. She's pretty much a Regency era feminist.
13. Oblivious strolling through Bath.
14. Lyme and everything that happens.
15. The scene in the tea shop.
16. Causing a scene at the concert.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Women without children are the very best preservers of furniture."
- "I hate to hear you talking about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures; we none of us want to be in calm waters all our lives."
- "Are you here for the concert?" "No, I'm here for a lecture on navigation. Am I in the wrong place?"
- "Poor Phoebe, she would not have forgotten him so soon. It was not in her nature." "It would not be in the nature of any woman who truly loved." "Do you claim that for your sex?" "We do not forget you as soon as you forget us. We cannot help ourselves. We live at home, quiet, confined, and our feelings prey upon us. You always have business of some sort or other to take you back into the world." "I won't allow it to be any more man's nature than women's to be inconstant or to forget those they love or have loved. I believe the reverse. I believe... Let me just observe that all histories are against you, all stories, prose, and verse. I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which did not have something to say on women's fickleness." "But they were all written by men."
- "If I may, so long as the woman you love lives, and lives for you, all the privilege I claim for my own sex, and it is not a very enviable one - you need not covet it, is that of loving longest when all hope is gone."
- "Anne? You want to marry Anne? Whatever for??"
- "Have you thought any more about my offer?" "What offer was that?" "My offer to flatter and adore you all the days of your life." "I haven't had a moment, Mr Elliot, to turn my mind to it."
- "I strongly object to the Navy. It brings people of obscure birth into undue distinction and it cuts up a man's youth and vigor most horribly!"
- "Could you not put off this old person until tomorrow?"
- "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever."

Have you seen it? Or have you seen the 2007 version? If both, which did you prefer?

K xx


  1. I have not seen any version of Persuasion yet, mostly because I haven't read the books yet.

    Do you know the BBC version of Jane Eyre? A friend told me yesterday how good she thought it was, any thoughts?

    1. If she means the 2006 version with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson, then YES OMG SO GOOD. If she means the 80s version starring Timothy Dalton, BIG BARRELS OF NOPE.

    2. Got it :) not sure which one she meant but I will keep my eyes open for the 2006 version.

  2. I know I've seen at least one version of every Jane Austen book ever... and I THINK this is the one of Persuasion that I saw.

    1. You'd probably know - the Captain Wentworth in the 2007 version is blond.

  3. I have seen Persuasion and of course it is all love from me.

    1. I would suggest that we turn it into Dessert Day viewing, but the quality of my copy is so completely awful and fuzzy that I don't want to subject you to it!


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