Next Monday, February 11th at 6:00 pm, the Jane Austen Book Club meets in the MacIntyre room in the Carnegie Building, 244 W. Michigan Ave. We have lots to talk about, especially last Sunday's Austen biopic on Masterpiece Classics.
This past Sunday saw another new version of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park introduced. Reviews are mixed due to the appalling lack of dialogue written by Miss Austen herself! That said, this version (MP3) did at least follow the plot of the novel unlike MP2. I found myself missing the gorgeous scenery from MP2. At least the hero, played by Blake Ritson, was good to look at! Check out the cast pictures and plot synopsis at the Masterpiece
Last Sunday adaptation of Northanger Abbey aired last Sunday to wide critical acclaim. It's the story of a naive and very young country girl who is taken to the spa town of Bath by family friends and finds happiness, heartache and happiness again. Her addiction to Gothic novels gets her into trouble, but of course, all JA novels have an eventual happy ending. Delicious and funny dialogue, well delivered by a sparking cast, made the 90 minutes fly by.
The opening salvo of Masterpiece Classics (formerly Masterpiece Theatre) missed the target with its new adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion." Vital scenes were played out of order and context, dialogue assigned to the wrong character and an embarrasing marathon by Anne Elliott through the streets of Bath. Really! Young ladies of good character did not hurtle down the streets in pursuit of young gentlemen in Regency times, yet this adaptation shows Anne running to and fro, hither and yon and meeting up with all the major characters in the novel, including her invalid
Masterpiece Theatre is America's longest running dramatic program. Starting this Sunday, they will devote four months to dramatizations of all of Jane Austen's novels, as well as a film biography of the novelist's lost loves. This is an unprecedented presentation of any author's work, but Jane Austen is acknowledged by scholars as the creator of the modern novel. 4 of the six film adaptations will be new to American audiences, and the best-known, "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle has never been shown in the U. S.