Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ann Firbank, Bryan Marshall, Richard Vernon, Marian Spencer, Georgine Anderson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/22/2005 Starring: Anne Firbank Run time: 225 minutes Director: Howard Baker
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Gabriele C. from LAKE WALES, FL
Reviewed on 8/10/2012...
i have just finished watching this movie . i must admit , that i was positively influenced in getting this movie by previous reviewers . this is my opinion about this movie in comparison with the 1995 version .
i happen to like this movie to a point . it is defenitly more accurate than the 1995 version . it is also longer , to accomodate more dialoge and more of the story line . i happen to like jane austin movies and own probably most of them . due to the movie being much longer , it makes more sense than the 1995 version , which often left you befuddled , because things just didnt make sense . this movie at least explains some things .
the acting has been called stiff and wooden . i happen to agree -- but then ... like some good movies , it leaves some things to the imagination and seems to assume that the watcher is familiar with the story and thusly can be expected to understand " implied meanings " and "read facial expressions". i am very much familiar with britsch TV and/or movies , so i am more so inclined to understand the undertow of unspoken emotions and acting that expects you to think , rather than everything being presented out in the open .
the costumes and movie sets are a bit old fashioned and not as good as the 1995 version . i happen to think , that they are not as bad as some reviewers make them out to be , but they cannot really be compared to the newer british period movies , when more effort was being made to be historically accurate .
it all comes down to the actors . i think , many of the characters where wrongly cast . charles musgrove , elizabeth elliot and the musgrove girls were very well played in this older version . frederic wentworth was ugly and didnt really impress as a strong character . in the 1995 version the actor was very much better cast . anne elliot i liked , but the acting could have been more lively . wentworth and anne elliot in this movie were much more "compatible" and "matching " , than the two actors who played wentworth and A, elliot in the later version . in the 1995 version , frederick wentworth came across as a character that could be understood to be a captain in the navy and he was much stronger portrayed [and better looking] . A elliot in the 1995 version was well cast and did a good job , except to me she didnt "pair well" with the person who played wentworth . they didnt seem to "go together " .
the casting for the other characters in the 1995 version was much better done and seem to bring the differetn persons to life .
i did like this version , because of it going deeper and more accurately into the story line . i like the 1995 version because of character casting and scenery and costumes . IF they had done a remake of THIS movie with the actors from the 1995 version and those sets and costumes , they would have had one amazing movie .
would i recommend this movie ??? yes , because of its greater accuracy . but if you want to watch one version for its beautiful costumes and a dashing mr wentworth , then watch the 1995 version ...
Tina H. from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 9/20/2010...
Enjoyable movie - typical British acting (over acting), but followed Jane Austen's story more closely than the other version I've seen. Definitely one I'll watch again.
Very impressed. Especially after seeing the 1995 version...
zveronic | Vancouver, BC. CA | 10/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw the review above and thought that I should offer another opinion to anyone thinking of buying this video. I felt that the 1995 version was extremely shallow and the characters not faithfully suited to Austen's intended personalities at all. This version's Anne shows extremely well the reactions and feelings of a mature woman who is remembering a distant past. She remembers more and more as the story continues just how afflicted she has been and how lowly she has felt over the previous years. She tries to keep her feelings in check but they slowly overwhelm her. I found this version very touching despite the 1971 production. The Anne of the 1995 version seems to be always pouting. Her unmarried sister is shown more as being rude and apt to throwing tantrums even though Austen protrayed her as indifferent, selfish and conceited. That is just the beginning of the incorrect portrayals of Austen's characters in the 1995 version. If you loved the novel, see this movie."
Interesting, but not exciting
cloudia | Seattle, WA United States | 01/14/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you've seen the 1995 movie starring Hinds and Root enough times, read the book and want to see another execution of the story and that's all, then this isn't too bad. It's very length is satisfying; it's about four hours in all, enough time for a little more shading of character and manner. We see the Musgroves and Anne arriving at the inn at Lyme for example, and the character of Sir Walter is a little less obvious and hilarious, though equally narcissistic. What is remarkable is how much alike the two versions are; they really both are very accurate adaptations. And it's good to see the Italian concert scene as executed by different actors. There are different production values of course, this version is much more cheaply done, perhaps that is why the sailors are in civvies throughout the show. And this version does delve into the connection between Mrs. Smith and young Mr. Elliot, a connection which was entirely ignored in the film, but at least makes more sense than his chasing after his broke cousins for their money. And if you're an afficionado you may notice that this Mrs. Smith entirely lacks the charm of the film one. Lady Russell is also quite different, a sweet old lady, rather than a society queen and fashion plate with philosophical inclinations. This version doesn't capture at all the dull depression and cruel neglect experienced by Anne Elliot that the 95 film does so well. And I'm sorry to say that the actress playing Anne seems rather more like a model than a great lady with a warm heart. Still it's fun if you can't get enough Persuasion, but read the book and see the movie a bunch of times before attempting the miniseries."
This is the easily the best version of Persuasion
zveronic | 07/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best version of Persuasion that I've seen, and I've seen them all. It follows the book almost perfectly, without any unnecessary, aggravating modern day innovations. This is Persuasion as Jane Austen wrote it. Attitudes and opinions were different in the early 1800's and it is absurd to force the attitudes of today onto characters from the past, as so many modern movies do. I hope this version is produced on DVD soon."