The first Tuesday of each month, we’ll be discussing a different Jane Austen film or TV adaptation.
This month: the 1995 version of PERSUASION.
As this is our first meeting, I’ll start by saying a few words about how this will work.
After gathering suggestions, I’ll announce each forthcoming selection a month ahead of time.
I may also suggest topics to discuss — but if I do, these will just be suggestions! So please, discuss whatever aspects you wish.
Tidbit: although this was shown first as a television movie in the UK, it was released in movie theatres in the US.
MOVIE DETAILS (courtesy imdb.com):
Screenwriter: Nick Dear
Anne Elliot: Amanda Root
Wentworth: Ciaran Hinds
Lady Russell: Susan Fleetwood
Sir Walter: Corin Redgrave
Elizabeth Elliot: Phoebe Nicholls
Mrs. Clay: Felicity Dean
Tidbit: Sophie Thompson had a role in another Austen adaptation — she played Miss Bates in the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma. She is also the sister of Emma Thompson, who played Elinor (and wrote the screenplay) for the 1995 Sense and Sensibility
Louisa Musgrove: Emma Roberts
Henrietta Musgrove: Victoria Hamilton
Mrs. Musgrove: Judy Cornwell
Mr. Musgrove: Roger Hammond
Captain Benwick: Richard McCabe
Tidbit: Actor Richard McCabe had a role in Notting Hill, also directed by Roger Michell
Mrs. Harville: Sally George
Mrs. Croft: Fiona Shaw
Mr. Elliot: Samuel West
Tidbit: Samuel West also appeared in one installment of the recent Hornblower series, as St. John Rivers in the 1996 Jane Eyre, and as the poet Southey in the 2000 film Pandaemonium
Mrs. Smith: Helen Schlesinger
But if you don’t know where to start, here are a few ideas:
Did any of the actors seem to you to be perfect for their roles?
Did you think any of the actors were miscast?
If you haven’t read the book, did you find the movie easy to follow? Was it confusing in places? Could you keep all the characters straight?
How did the low lighting in nighttime scenes work for you?
Overall, how well did you like the movie?
Anyway, those are just a few questions that may spark answers! Answer any or none, answer other questions, or pose your own.
And one more question: do you have a suggestion for what adaptation we should discuss at the next meeting of the Jane Austen Movie Club, which will meet the first Tuesday of August?
Cara King, author of My Lady Gamester, and Austen movie nut