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Jane Austen’s movie marathon

As I stated before, my mother is staying with us for the summer (along with my father). And since she’s been very supportive of the project from the start she has suggested to stay with my kid one day a week. That way I’ll be able to work in another project I’ve been talking her about for what seems forever.

I’m resolved to do a Jane Austen Movie Marathon. I read all her novels when I was in college and I know I can’t read one in a single day, that’s why I’ll do a movie marathon. With the help of modern technology I’ll be able to visit my public library -or any other place for that matter- and watch the movie and if possible write on the spot my impressions. I know watching a movie is not the same as reading the book, but it’s the best next thing at the moment.

The following schedule places the movies according to the publication date of its inspiration novel:

  1. Sense and Sensibility, 1811 – The 1995 Columbia Pictures version starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kate Winslet.
  2. Pride and Prejudice, 1813 – The 2005 Universal Pictures production featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
  3. Mansfield Park, 1814 – The 1999 BBC production starring Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller.
  4. Emma, 1815 – The 1996 Miramax film featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam.
  5. Northanger Abbey, 1817 – The 1987 ITV feature starring Katharine Schlesinger­­ and Peter Firth.
  6. Persuasion, 1817 – The BBC film featuring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds.

I’m not sure if  I’ll have the time to watch two more movies, but if I do, I’ll also watch:

  • The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007 – An all-star cast film starring Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, and Jimmy Smits.
  • Becoming Jane, 2007 – A pseudo-biography featuring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy.

As a matter of convenience I’ll watch only feature films and not miniseries. I won’t post anything about my reading because I’ll be writing my opera prima‘ s draft that you’ll read as soon as I finish the marathon.

I’m looking forward to this summer movie adventure.

Jane Austen's Signature from her 1817 will.

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