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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sunday

I don't feel well today. Besides the physical evidence that something is wrong, I watched the entire Colts/Chargers game with my husband this afternoon.

It's nearly 8:00 and I'm not really better. I suspect I have some sort of sinus crap, which I don't recall ever having and I could have lived the rest of my life without it. (Still beats a stomach ache in my book.)

But tonight, after my husband has obliged me by giving me a foot rub, we're watching the first installment of the Masterpiece Theatre* Complete Works of Jane Austen on PBS.

That's really what this post was about. To tell you about it, in case you hadn't heard.

ADDED: We watched it, and we were disappointed. They crammed Austen's Persuasion into an hour and a half. That's shorter than the 1995 full-length feature, which was only 109 minutes long!

I feel misled. The Series is called "The Complete Works of Jane Austen," which implies a comprehensive look at her works, not highlights. I expected a masterpiece, a la the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (which can't be topped, and PBS has wisely decided to air an encore performance rather than try).

Thankfully, as JEB points out in the comments, Captain Wentworth was easy on the eyes.

*Theatre is too sophisticated for today's audiences. The program is now called just Masterpiece.

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11 Comments:

Blogger JEB said...




Captain Wentworth - my oh my . . .

Sunday, January 13, 2008

 
Blogger JEB said...




Oh bother - I feel woefully unschooled in the works of Miss Austen. (Did manage to spell it Austen, however; not Austin - as I might normally be wont to do!) I actually enjoyed the program. And I'm not even sure I understand what you are talking about regarding a "comphrensive look at her works." Perhaps I need to read her books. By the way - is "Emma," Jane Austen? And wasn't there a major movie done of "Sense and Sensibility?"

Monday, January 14, 2008

 
Blogger JEB said...




Okay, looked up the full length movie version of "Persuasion" - gotta say, I can't imagine Ciaran Hinds smoldering like Rupert Penry-Jones . . . but maybe.

Monday, January 14, 2008

 
Blogger Julie R. Neidlinger said...




Ciaran Hinds grew on you, as Capt. Wentworth.

And there was this fine little glove scene at the end...made me think of that wonderful glove scene in "On The Waterfront."

What I liked about the Hinds version of Persuasion was that the people weren't...gorgeous. They looked like normal people. None of them could really be considered smokin' hot.

Which was nice.

The movie "Mansfield Park" (a complete bastardization and hodge podge of Austen) has some good-looking actors in it. I enjoyed that film for what it was...

Monday, January 14, 2008

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




It's not that we didn't enjoy it. It was still better than 90% of television, the scenery was pretty and so was Wentworth.

Anthony Head was incredible as Anne's pretty-boy daddy. I didn't picture him in a period peice but he more than pulled it off.

Glove scene? Glove scene? Why am I forgetting a glove scene?

Monday, January 14, 2008

 
Blogger JEB said...




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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 
Blogger JEB said...




Well, I can see that if one were an afficianado some things might not ring true.

Like, for example, if one were to remake the now-22-year-old movie, "Top Gun" and leave out the volley ball scene - well, it would be complete heresy!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 
Blogger girlfriday said...




Nice.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 
Blogger Lois E. Lane said...




Ya, that Colts game was enough to me you feel even worse, eh? And yes, Cirian is quite appearling in "Persuasion." I thoroughly enjoyed that movie, but did not watch last night's production. So I can't compare.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 
Blogger Fisher Ames said...




Jeb, ...ew. Top Gun may be a lot of things, but it isn't much of a representation of fighter pilots...at least, not of pilots I ever met. Notwithstanding that, if someone was silly enough to remake the fool movie, I would hope they had the good sense to delete the volleyball scene. It may very well be the most blatantly homoerotic scene in a major motion picture that has nothing to do with homosexuals.

The whole "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" thing in the bar was appalling enough (anyone who looked like Kelly McGillis did then would have grudge-popped "Maverick" and stomped the little dude into a mudhole), but the line "I have a need...a need for speed" is embarrassing beyond comprehension.

Otherwise, I liked it fine. Loved Tom Skerrit and Michael Ironside. Val Kilmer was excellent. Liked the planes a bunch...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 
Blogger JEB said...




Actually, as someone who grew up around military pilots, I'd say that Top Gun was actually a pretty fair representation of alot of fighter pilots. Mind you, that's not an insult - you can't get in the cockpit of a $40 million airplane and not only think you can fly it, but fly it well, at Mach 2, upside down, while shooting down bad guys if you have a self confidence problem.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

 

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