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Mar 05 2020

What's the best Jane Austen movie adaptation?


简·奥斯汀 is one of the most celebrated authors in the English language.Fittingly, many of her works have been adapted into films.This year, we got another艾玛, which to many felt like an improvement upon the previous major adaptation of the novel, thestarring Gwyneth Paltrow and a desperately funny Toni Collette.

但奥斯丁电影改​​编是其中最好的?For clarity's sake and a vague sense of fairness, modernized versions of the author's storylines were disqualified from this race for the title of best Jane Austen movie.So, don't expect无知to make an appearance despite its genius.Of course, even without Amy Heckerling's 90s teen classic, it was difficult to whittle down the list of films enough to name the three best...


Speaking of modernizations of Austen, Whit Stillman started his career by reimagining曼斯菲尔德庄园into a tale of Manhattan elites,宗主.Throughout the years, he'd come to reference the great British author in various screenplays, but a straightforward version of one of her books only materialized in 2016.爱情与友谊is based upon the epistolary delights of Lady Susan and required quite the feat of adaptation from the American director.

From a merry collection of gossipy correspondence, Stillman wove a tapestry of narrative threads that coalesce into a fitting conclusion the novel doesn't quite possess.He did it all while maintaining Austen's biting humor and satirical edge, always keeping in mind that the players of the tale are as contemptible as they are loveable.

Lady Susan herself is the best example of such a dynamic, being both a perfidious social manipulator and the sort of diva we can't help but adore.凯特·贝金赛尔 (专家奥斯汀的女演员) breathes life into the character and manages to give what's probably the best performance of her career.Plus, she's hilarious and modern while suggesting period specificity.Just like the entirety of this delightful feature.


I don't know how many times I've read傲慢与偏见.For years, it was a personal tradition to enjoy Jane Austen's book during summer holidays, spending hot afternoons losing myself in the lovely affairs of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr.Darcy.I recall those joyful moments, laughing and swooning at Austen's prose, learning of love while the warm sun kissed my face and cicadas filled the air with their symphonies.

Few film adaptations of this novel have captured the pleasures I felt back then, more interested in recording the plot's minutia rather than the swell of feeling it can provoke.乔赖特's傲慢与偏见is the exception, sacrificing historical accuracy and rigorous fidelity to make a more sensorial and sensual version of the literary classic.

With languid camera movements and Dario Marianelli's lilting score, Keira Knightley gazing at marble nakedness and Donald Sutherland's fatherly warmth, this傲慢与偏见is both erotic and funny, hypnotizing and exhilarating.The 1995 TV version is certainly more accurate and faithful to the original text.However, this 2005 flick感觉like Austen's masterpiece.


惠特·斯蒂尔曼's爱情与友谊is like the sweetness of a well-delivered insult and Joe Wright's傲慢与偏见is a summer afternoon spent reading a beloved book.李安's理智与情感, on the other hand, is the warm embrace of a longtime friend.我看过它更多的时间比我可以指望, Emma Thompson's screenplay is printed on my mind and its sounds are like a perpetual companion, always ringing in my ear even when I haven't revisited the film in months.

Still, the film is always ready to surprise, a new detail of utter loveliness becoming evident with each rewatch.Sometimes it's the precision of Tim Squyres cutting that most delights me, while the actors might steal the show on another revisit.Everything works, like the well-oiled machinery of a Swiss clock, as exact as it is beautiful.

说,没有技术创新或机械交货actitude can account for all this masterpiece's strengths.There's something ineffable about its wonder, be it the chemistry of such unlikely pairs as Winslet and Rickman, the familial bonds that feel so strong between its women or the joy of watching period-appropriate sheep parade over a bucolic tableau.It's a dream of a movie, that's what it is.


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Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourites so that takes the cake for me, but Sense and Sensibility is a close second.The only thing that knocks it down a peg is the Winslet/Rickman stuff actually.I just never can truly buy that Marianne would settle for him.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Shmeebs

My "favorite" would probably be the 1995 adaptation of Persuasion, my personal favorite Austin novel.It's a very good film all around but Amanda Roocroft especially is remarkable, I think the greatest performance in an Austin film.Would have been a major contender on my 1995 best actress ballot, which is saying something considering how insanely stacked that year was.It also has a perfect supporting cast nailing arguably trickier roles than in S&S.

"Best" would probably be the Ang Lee S&S and the Joe Wright P&P.IMO I think Lee does not get the credit he deserves as a director on that movie and while Thompson does get credit I think it's under discussed how smart her work is there and how she arguably improves in some ways upon the novel, which is maybe the Austin I like least among her major ones.

1995 was also the year of the Ehle/Ferrell P&P and Clueless.It was the year of Austin!All great adaptations.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Peter

Peter -- I love Persuasion, both the novel and that '95 adaptation - which was made for TV, but screened in theatres for its American release.However, I do wish it was more interestingly shot.The costumes do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to bringing some visual interest into that production.I often feel like the wonderful actors are doing overtime, translating the novel's themes when the filmmaking refuses to do so in any form.Still, it's a good adaptation.

Of all her novels, Persuasion is the one I'd love to see revisited on the big screen.It's a brilliant character study and I feel like it could be a wonderful showcase for any actress lucky enough to nab the role of Anne Elliot.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家克劳迪奥·阿尔维斯

I adore Whit Stillman, and Beckinsale was just right in that part, but for the way "Best" is usually understood I'd pick the Ang Lee.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家ScottC

Claudio-I agree I think, it's been a while since I watched it.I love the book so I look more favorably towards the film because I think as a piece of adaptation it's actually pretty great.It whittles it down the essentials without making it feel slight or "lesser' by comparison. And I personally like the sparseness and the starkness of it in comparison to S&S.

I do think largely my love is based on Roocroft who I was so moved by the first time I saw it that whatever deficiencies the movie has were largely ignored by me at the time.There is a scene at a concert where she abruptly breaks out of character to prevent Ciaran Hinds from leaving that gave me a surprisingly visceral jolt of real anxiety and suspense.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Peter

苏bjective as always but I remembered really liking曼斯菲尔德庄园with the luminous Frances O'Connor as Fanny Price, with Patricia Rozema as director.I like the quiet effervescence of O'Connor and how she lit the landscape she's in and on.It has a really interesting cast as well especially Harold Pinter as Sir Thomas Bertram Sr.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Owl

I prefer the 1940 Pride and Prejudice.Even Greer Garson is excellent.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家ken s

李安's S&S is the only movie that I keep permanently on my laptop.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Tom M

艾玛·汤普森's version is as good as it gets.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Mariza


March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Peggy Sue

My favorite adaptation is Emma Approved, Bernie Su's YouTube adaptation resetting the story to modern times with Emma being a matchmaker filming for a documentary about her life and work.

My favorite traditional adaptation is the 2005 Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Robert G

李安's S&S is my favorite, but it's very closely followed by Rozema's Mansfield Park.I know, I know: it takes liberties with the original that annoy the hardcore Austenites.But Frances O'Connor is magnificent (such an underrated actress!) and the rest of the cast is splendid.

Some of the others are quite good...but these are the only two I have on DVD.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Doctor Strange

*Amanda Root is her name.Amanda Roocroft is the soprano.Whoops

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Peter

S&S, but I haven't seen Pride and Prejudice since it came out.

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Travis


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March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家joel6


2。男配角,教条(第4,但1999年的配角是荒谬的。这将是在大多数年份一银,但在所有2奖章获得者。但是今年呢?随着汤姆·克鲁斯的弗兰克T.J.麦基,斯蒂芬根的米尔顿Waddams,和Sam Rockwell的野生比尔与之抗衡?这有可能满足于第4位。评论家怎么没有注意到,在他最热烈的里克曼打不过,将永远是一个永恒的谜。)

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March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Bhuray

我是奥斯汀改编吸盘,但是“理智与情感”得到我的投票。我真的很喜欢新的“艾玛”。 and if we're voting for sexiest male love interest, I would offer Johnny Flynn for consideration.他不是传统的吸引力,实际上看起来他可能是在盖·里奇电影中的反派,但Knightley的坏男孩长相与他的正派结合只是让我昏厥。

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March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家markgordonuk


它的奇特TT她是在1939年NOM,正通1941年至1945年,但错过了在1940年这个机智的表现。否则她wld've NOM已经连续7年!奥斯卡纪录!

March 5, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Claran

1940年版的不自然的,静态的,表演太旧 - 1995年系列是四四方方,电视式的生产值,超长和。傲慢与偏见(2005)对我来说!我重新观看定期它:精湛表演,摄影,剧本,音乐,等等。完美的结局!

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