Monday, October 25, 2004

Jane Austen

Jane Austen novels are still read avidly as library lendings show. They are prized for the irony, humour, depiction of English country life and it's underlying lessons.
Earlier I wrote this piece on the current movies covering Pride and Prejudice.
"Comedy Bridget Jones' Diary and the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason to-be-released soon. Based loosely on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

So far, the definitive TV period drama has been the highly successful BBC 1995 production. There's another version due out in Dec 2004/early 2005 starring Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench. No one thinks it will surpass the 1995 version because the leading man appears weak for the role of Darcy( Colin Firth appeared in both BJD and the 1995 BBC drama).
And there's the Bollywood spin-off.

Chick Flick Alert!" AND
"Being a Jane Austen fan I caught up with the Bollywood spin-off,Bride and Prejudice, this weekend.I thought it was enjoyable and fun. As RK said there were no moments of suspense, it just flowed freely to the end.

In the benchmark 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice there were heaving bossoms and Cavalry men,the bad daughter was bad even to her sisters in her race to be married off first and ended up married to the cad (an event that wasn't portrayed in B&P). I suppose in this day and age they couldn't be shown to be forcing a marriage on somebody. In P&P the dishonoured just stormed around talking darkly of preserving honour. If the long-suffering father hadn't lost interest in his three younger daughters, deciding they didn't have much sense and left them to their foolish mother's devices the family (honour) might have been better preserved.In B&P there is a fight scene between the hero and the cad ; not in P&P, the cad was offered money to marry the girl.
So which was more chivalrous? The end of P&P shows the entire family being reunited, cad and all.

If B&P, instead of too many dance and song scenes,had put some of these suspenseful elements in it, it might have fared better at the box office. Obviously they'd still have to translate the events to modern times. To do that and still be true to the original may have proved too difficult. All in all, Chadha did well IMO."


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