Monday, January 28, 2008

So it was a cold, and I'm over it now, thank you.

I watched "Mansfield Park" on PBS last night. I came to it with no preconceptions, because it's one Austen book I haven't gotten around to reading.

I thought it was interesting, but it did have a truncated feel to it. One thing I liked about the movie was the costuming. Fanny's clothes looked appropriately out-dated, especially compared to the sophisticated Miss Crawford. We also saw Fanny wearing the same dress in multiple scenes, which reflected her status as the "poor relation". I did think the actress's messy hair detracted from the character, but that may be a personal prejudice.

The classic 1940's "Pride and Prejudice" was on again last week and while I watched it, I couldn't enjoy it as much as I used to. I've seen other productions that were closer to the book. Yes, Lawrence Olivier is a wonderful Mr. Darcy, but Greer Garson was too old and too pretty to play Elizabeth Bennet, And the costumes! The wrong period costuming makes me wince.

Ah well, if I want the real deal, it's time to pull Austen off the shelf again for another comfort read.

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hi Darlene --

I popped you an e-mail about my upcoming trip to Florida a few weeks ago but didn't hear back from you, leading me to believe you may not have gotten the e-mail. Should I resend?

Jennifer W. (from the forum)

Darlene said...

Hi, Jenn!

That's odd, 'cause I replied the same day. I tried again, but just in case that one doesn't go through, I regret that I'll be in New York while you're in Florida. How's that for bad timing?

Enjoy the sunshine, and I hope we'll connect on a future trip. Sorry I'll miss you.

Darlene

Jennifer said...

I had a feeling our timing would be off. Someday we'll connect and I will get my books signed! {g}

It appears my e-mail account doesn't want to cooperate with yours. I didn't receive either of your replies. Hmm. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Makes me tempted to jump the AOL ship.

Hope NY doesn't wallop you with a storm, but I am afraid we're due.

All best --

Jennifer