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On Sunday at 9 p.m. on most of your local PBS stations, you'll be able to watch a video production of the last novel completed by Jane Austen during her lifetime, Persuasion, starring the dishy Rupert Penry-Jones and the talented Sally Hawkins. Some of my favorite other roles in this production include Peter Wight as Admiral Croft (I've loved him since he played Eliza Bennet's uncle in the Keira Knightly P&P), Anthony Head as Sir Walter Eliot (he's such an excellent popinjay), and Joseph Mawle as Captain Harville.

Sunday, 9 p.m.
Be there, and be square.

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Jan. 11th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'll be there! I actually don't know much about Persuasion, so I'm really looking forward to it.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
You don't need to know much about it, really, although the start of this one is a bit jarring, since it follows Sally Hawkins (Anne Eliot) around the inside of a house for a while and there are some artsy/contrived bits during that, and it's unclear what the hell's going on. All will be made fairly clear.

As a cheat sheet, here goes:

Anne Eliot is 27 and unmarried and the daughter of a pretentious baronet widower who has been living beyond his means. She was once engaged to a handsome naval officer, but he had no money and the match was called off as being imprudent. She has come to regret that.

Owing to dire financial circumstances, Mr. Eliot opts to lease out his estate, and is talked into leasing it to an admiral, who turns out to be the brother-in-law of Anne's former beau. Anne is sent to tend to her hypochondriacal sister, Mary, while Mr. Eliot and Anne's older sister set off for Bath.

The rest of the movie is fairly self-explanatory, although bits of it near the end stray wildly from the plot of the novel in order to add some excitement in the form of "running around the streets of Bath". But overall, the costumes are lovely, the scenery is gorgeous, and it is a story well-told, even with the modifications made along the way in the interest of simplification.

If you enjoy it, then I heartily recommend that you check out the film production from a few years back starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hind. And also, that you consider reading it. It is one of the shortest of her novels (as is Northanger Abbey), and, to my mind, one of the most accomplished. It's one of the novels that cause some folks to consider Austen as a member of the Romantic period, and not still Georgian.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
I bought the "Amanda Root" version--tres excellent!!!
Jan. 11th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the cheat sheet! I've not yet read this book, but it sounds like it's right up my alley.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Wow great cheat sheet, Kelly! Thanks. Do you think the Amanda Root production is superior to this one? I've been wanting to read more Austin, and this sounds like it might be just the one I'm looking for. :)
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Persuasion is lovely. The other production is superior to this one in that it's a bit more faithful to the book, but this one is superior by virtue of having Rupert Penry-Jones in it. Yummy.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited!!! I printed the Masterpiece Theatre Jane Austen thingy and taped it to my desk--I can't wait!!!!!

(Hey! You haven't friended me yet!) ;-)
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I have to go through my friends list and update soon. I tend to do it all at once, and I don't always add everyone who adds me because I use my list as a blogroll and I'm trying not to let it get out of hand (time-wise, it's already nuts). But it doesn't mean that I don't love you and want to keep up with what's going on with the people who've added me to their "friends" list.

Hopefully I can find time to update next week.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Hugs! :-)
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm planning on making a big bowl of popcorn and watching that, too! Thanks for the cheat sheet - that helps!

Jan. 11th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh!! Thanks for the heads-up!
Jan. 11th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm there:)
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!

The Amanda Root Persuasion is my favorite of the Austen movies.

Yay for Jane Austen movies!
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder - I'm setting the DVR! I'm really looking forward to seeing all of these movies!
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