||[May. 14th, 2008|01:36 pm]
I'm completely engrossed by the new Jane Austen adaptations of 'Persuasion' and 'Sense and Sensibility' on PBS. I missed the films when they aired on television earlier this year, but now they're out on DVD, and I bought the set for myself as a little treat. |
The films are great, and a little more faithful to the books than previous adaptions. There's a fair bit of kissing in each movie though. Nothing wrong with kissing, of course (actually, there's plenty right with it), but it's very un-Austen, isn't it? Love is at the heart of almost every novel, and there are more than a few sex-scandals peppering each plot, but the kissing (and scandalous sex), when it does happen, happens waaaaay off the page. Not so in these films. The new 'Sense and Sensibilty' opens with a seduction scene (if you've read the book, you probably know who's doing the seducing), and 'Persuasion' ends with a kiss that (to use that old chewing gum adage) lasts an "extra, extra, extra long time" . It's simultaneously sacrilegious, and thrilling. I mean it's nice to have the gratification of SEEING the kiss, but part of the magic lies in NOT seeing it, you know?
Anyhow the lip locking didn't impact my enjoyment of the films. I thought they were really, really good adaptations, with a hint of modernity thrown in to make things a little more interesting.
PBS has a great website up for all the Austen films they aired, and a few juicy extras, like the Men of Austen page where you can scope out all the hot, eligible bachelors of the Austen lexicon. Each profile contains name, age, title, property details, occupation, and estimated worth. It's very Forbes-List-meets-Napoleonic-era-Tiger Beat. I'm a sucker for Edward Ferrars, myself.