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"Historical" Movies

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Hunter
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Postby Hunter » Fri November 7th, 2008, 7:49 pm

"Spitfire" wrote:Jane Austen's Emma - Gwynneth Paltrow's version or BBC's doesn't matter, they both are hillarious!


I can't stand Gwynneth Paltrow, especially in that version of Emma. Give me Kate Beckinsale's Emma any day.

That said, I love both the BBC/A&E version of Pride & Prejudice and the recent movie with Keira Knightley, as well as both Emma Thompson's Sense & Sensibility and the new BBC/PBS version. All are outstanding adaptations.

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Postby Spitfire » Fri November 7th, 2008, 10:41 pm

"Hunter" wrote:I can't stand Gwynneth Paltrow, especially in that version of Emma. Give me Kate Beckinsale's Emma any day.

That said, I love both the BBC/A&E version of Pride & Prejudice and the recent movie with Keira Knightley, as well as both Emma Thompson's Sense & Sensibility and the new BBC/PBS version. All are outstanding adaptations.

Hunter


Just to get even, I can't stand Keira Knightly's portrayal of Liz in P&P, but to be fair, I do like Emma Thomson in Sense and Sensibility. Just to clarify why I like Emma - it is generally the minister's wife that I get such a kick out of. There was an A&E version and I can't remember who played her, but she nailed the character! Funny! But honestly I think you can't go wrong with any of Jane Austen's books or movie adaptations, really!
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Postby SonjaMarie » Fri November 7th, 2008, 10:51 pm

I happen to love Paltrow's "Emma", didn't care for Kate's, LOVED Thompson's "S&S" and adore the Colin Firth "P&P.

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Postby Vanessa » Fri November 7th, 2008, 11:16 pm

Colin Firth will always be remember for his 'wet shirt'. He even got is shirt wet in the remake of St Trinian's.
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Postby Hunter » Fri November 7th, 2008, 11:48 pm

I also loved the Amanda Root version of Persuasion and hated pretty much everything about the new one.

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Postby Christina » Sat November 8th, 2008, 12:10 am

"chuck" wrote:Christina....the 1950 film "The Mudlark" Queen Victoria was portrayed by the the American actress Irene Dunne....Excellent classic film


Irene Dunne! Thank you, Chuck :) ! What a star andwhat a brilliant performance! And, I believe, so different from her usual roles.

"The Lion in Winter" is good but, don't you think, a little overdone?

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Postby donroc » Sat November 8th, 2008, 12:22 am

I remember The Mudlark being a good read as well. Author was Theodore Bonner or something like that if memory serves.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Postby chuck » Sat November 8th, 2008, 5:04 am

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"Christina" wrote:Irene Dunne! Thank you, Chuck :) ! What a star andwhat a brilliant performance! And, I believe, so different from her usual roles.

[html][/html][html][/html]"The Lion in Winter" is good but, don't you think, a little overdone?


A brilliant O'Toole and Hepburn will always be overdone/over the top....And I have to be in the write mood to put up with their brilliance.....Cheers....BTW Ms. Dunne was such a great actor......
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Postby Ash » Sat November 8th, 2008, 3:15 pm

"Christina" wrote:"The Lion in Winter" is good but, don't you think, a little overdone?


Oh dear god no. Everyone was chewing the scenery in that movie, but in a most delightful way. The banter was perfect. Besides, Peter O'Toole and Hepburn can do no wrong in my boosk.

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Postby Madeleine » Sat November 8th, 2008, 4:01 pm

"SonjaMarie" wrote:I happen to love Paltrow's "Emma", didn't care for Kate's, LOVED Thompson's "S&S" and adore the Colin Firth "P&P.

SM



I think Emma Thompson's "S and S" is the best Austen adap, wasn't that keen on the recent TV version. Can't stand KK so didn't like her version of P & P, the Colin Firth series is, of course, the definitive one! Didn't like the recent "Persuasion" either, haven't seen the Amanda Root one.


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