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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

MissMarplestein
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Postby MissMarplestein » Mon February 9th, 2009, 1:53 pm

Just saw The Duchess, with Kierra Knightley and Ralph Fiennes...the movie is based on the true story of Georgiana - the Duchess of Devonshire. Not action packed by any means, but a pretty good film - the costumes and sets were great.

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Postby michellemoran » Mon February 9th, 2009, 5:04 pm

Telynor: Have you seen the A&E miniseries _Victoria and Albert_?


Ohhh.... no! Is it any good? I'll have to get my hands on it!

Yes, Billy Connelly played Mr. Brown and did an amazing job. I find it fascinating that Victoria would choose to be buried with his portrait, his ring, and his hair... Their relationship must have been intimate indeed!
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Postby Madeleine » Mon February 9th, 2009, 5:42 pm

Just read that the BBC are going to be filming "Emma" (Austen). Must admit my heart sank, admittedly I'm not a huge Austen fan and I know these things are always popular but Austen is always being filmed and there are so many other classics out there that haven't been filmed for years (if at all), I just wish they would do something a bit different.

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Postby LoveHistory » Mon February 9th, 2009, 8:55 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:Just read that the BBC are going to be filming "Emma" (Austen). Must admit my heart sank, admittedly I'm not a huge Austen fan and I know these things are always popular but Austen is always being filmed and there are so many other classics out there that haven't been filmed for years (if at all), I just wish they would do something a bit different.



Are they filming a new one or just showing their last version (1996) again? That's one that has yet to be done right. The late '80s to early '90s there weren't any Austen adaptations that I'm aware of.

Oh, and the BBC/A&E Victoria & Albert is wonderful.

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Postby Leo62 » Mon February 9th, 2009, 10:21 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:Just read that the BBC are going to be filming "Emma" (Austen). Must admit my heart sank, admittedly I'm not a huge Austen fan and I know these things are always popular but Austen is always being filmed and there are so many other classics out there that haven't been filmed for years (if at all), I just wish they would do something a bit different.


What AGAIN :rolleyes:

I like Austen but enough already!

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Postby michellemoran » Mon February 9th, 2009, 11:45 pm

Just read that the BBC are going to be filming "Emma" (Austen)


What the heck was wrong with Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma?! I thought she was delightful.
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Postby Telynor » Mon February 9th, 2009, 11:53 pm

"michellemoran" wrote:What the heck was wrong with Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma?! I thought she was delightful.


I think I prefer the one with Kate Beckinsale in it, although I do confess that Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley is toothsome.

About the Victoria and Albert -- it is really well done and goes quite a bit into their marriage and what sort of person he might have been. Beautiful production values.

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Postby Madeleine » Tue February 10th, 2009, 6:13 pm

"Leo62" wrote:What AGAIN :rolleyes:

I like Austen but enough already!


That's exactly what I said (or, rather, shouted when I read about it!). It is a new version, but both versions from the mid-90s were fine (and I liked Jeremy Northam as well), I know it is a fair while ago now when you think about it (13/14 years:eek :) but there have been so many Austen adaps lately that it's getting a bit repetitive :(

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Postby LoveHistory » Tue February 10th, 2009, 6:49 pm

If you put the two Emmas from 1996 together you'd get a really great film. The Miramax had some problems, but is still really good. The main issues with the BBC version are playing Knightley wrong (long live Jeremy Northam's Knightley) and the fact that it was way too short to do the story justice.

It is kind of annoying right now with so many being redone. I promise I'll wait a while before filming any Austen novels myself. ;)

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Postby Telynor » Tue February 10th, 2009, 6:52 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:That's exactly what I said (or, rather, shouted when I read about it!). It is a new version, but both versions from the mid-90s were fine (and I liked Jeremy Northam as well), I know it is a fair while ago now when you think about it (13/14 years:eek :) but there have been so many Austen adaps lately that it's getting a bit repetitive :(


Agreed. It would be nice to see something other than P&P (The Colin Firth one is still the best), or S&S or Emma being produced. There's only two versions of Northanger Abbey, neither one of which I like much, and I seriously doubt that the version of Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds can be topped. I see that there's going to be another version of Oliver Twist out next week on PBS, and I've heard rumours that we're to finally see Little Dorrit as well.


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