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Funny, you should ask, I just watched that the other day. I think it's a sweet movie that shows how the themes of the novels are actually quite timeless and can play out in our daily lives.

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I saw "Jane Austen Book Club"...it was ok. I guess I just prefer the movie adaptations of the novels.

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New to the team so I may have missed it... but has anyone read or seen The Jane Austen Book Club?

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Thanks! I'll need to finish the book first. emoticon Shouldn't be hard. I just started reading and time flew. I looked down and I was more than halfway finished already.

“How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


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Gable227 -

There is a movie for Northanger Abbey. BBC/PBS showed it about 2 years ago. I think if you do some searching on the internet you will find it somewhere.

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Well... I fell in love with Austen through the Kiera Knightly movie. (I know.. I know...) But I immediately bought the book and read it in two days. I actually (don't kill me) loved parts of the newer Mansfield Park movie better than the book. The ending of the book felt a little rushed to me.

I'm currently reading Northanger Abbey, definitely written in a younger Austen style. I was a little saddened to read there is no great movie about it. Oh well...

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Wow, Claude! How exciting! That's a dream of mine to travel to UK and visit sites related to Jane Austen, and also two other favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

I watched P&P with Keira Knightly but had difficulty accepting this version. She didn't portray the depth and wit of Ehle. She was pretty, but not convincing. The show felt too modern, and they attempted to make it more "realistic" by showing shabby surroundings, chipped paint, etc. I don't think this is true to how the Bennetts would have lived.

I also enjoyed "Lost in Austen." I thought "Bride and Prejudice" Bollywood version was well done. The Mormon version of P&P was fun, and esp. good for teens.

Least favorite was 1940 P&P. The costumes were all wrong...looked like Little Bo Peep instead of Regency attire! Stiff acting from Olivier. Mary Boland's Mrs. Bennett was probably the best character in this pic.





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I'm new here, but I've been a Jane Austen fan all my life. I got thrilled, a couple of years ago, visiting a library in Manchester, and seeing her glasses, or rather pince-nez, her quill and a letter she wrote.
Last summer, I visited Lyme Park, where the BBC miniseries, Pride and Prejudice, was shot. emoticon

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agreed to some being trash, try as I might I can no seem to like any version of northanger abbey. Sorry!

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Hi all,

I've just read all of your comments on the P&P/Jane Austen books/movies. I discovered them a few years ago at our local library. Was I ever thrilled when PBS had them on a few years ago. I agree, the Colin Firth version is my favorite; although I love Matthew MacFayden (anyone see him in "Little Dorit" on PBS?), neither he or Kiera could do justice to the Firth/Ehle duo. I bought that one on DVD. My best friend's husband taped the other ones for me when they were on PBS. Saw Jane Eyre at the same time (Toby something or other was the man) - love it too! I agree; some of the different versions are junk but others are my favorite. I have two versions of S&S and like them both. I love the PBS version of Persuasion but I think the kiss scene on the street in town was really dumb. It seemed to take that gorgeous guy forever to kiss Ann. My DH bought the Garson/Olivier version of P&P for my birthday but we haven't taken the time to watch it yet. Maybe tonite!

P.S. Also saw the "Lost in Austin" and thought it was a great twist on the original.


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I've read a lot of adaptations or sequels to P&P, and most of them disappoint me, but, the 'Lost in Austen' movie that Miyam11 mentioned watching, I saw a few months ago. I loved it! It was entertaining, and funny, and I felt it stayed true to the spirit of the characters. If you get a chance to rent it, I recommend it.

As for past movies, the Colin Firth version is by far my favorite, and I have an appreciation for the Olivier/Garson version, even if it's not the most faithful.

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I am watching the movie "Lost in Austen" about a girl from today who goes back to live in Elizabeth Bennett's house in Pride and Prejudice. It's been interesting so far.

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sorry I missed it. I have all the movies but found the last presentation of northanger abbey on mp to be enjoyable, a fkrst

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Persuasion was on PBS Masterpiece Classics, Sunday night. I love that version, and it is close to the book. They moved some dialogue around. I love anything Jane Austen. I even like the Lost in Austen series, though I do think Jane would be spinning in her grave at the thought of it. emoticon

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Persuasion is on PBS tonight at 9 EST. I'm going to watch.

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My favorite Jane Austen book based movie is and will always be Pride and Prejudice. That said I watched Sense and Sensibility last night for the first time. It was very very good! I just love that era. The clothes, the language and the music draw me in. I also rented Emma, but haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I can't wait.

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No I haven't. But I will check them out. Thanks for the referral. I need something good to read. emoticon

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Shelmat, have you read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? They are some of my favorite books.

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I didn't care for his Darcy either. But I haven't seen his other roles. I will have to check those out.

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::sigh:: - Laurence Olivier!

I first saw him in Rebecca - loved him.
Then as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, more love.

Then Pride and Prejudice and I was like "WHAT???" - he was definitely NOT the best Darcy, but having seen those other two roles, I know he COULD have been and it thoroughly disappointed me that he wasn't.

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I think P&P is always worth a re-read,have you considered the dvd's? The library should have many copies and if laid up it might be fun hearing the dialects and comparing book to movie. Best wishes!

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If not Pemberly by Sea, can anyone refer me to any good books they've read lately? I am looking something to read while I am laid up after surgery.

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I was in Barnes and Noble over the weekend. Has anyone read a book called Pemberly by the Sea?

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I am just ready for more movies

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Oh, man! The link to the review is not working & there seems to be a problem on the site. I'll check it out later--you have me so curious now.

btw, Aidelade, I used to have a crush on Laurence Olivier, too! I see a bit of him in Colin Firth's P&P performance.

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Whoa. I just read the review and you really trashed the movie (which, in my opinion, it really deserved it). Remind me never to get on your bad side. emoticon On the whole, though, it was an excellent review.

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Despite the silly changes and costuming in the 1940 Garson-Olivier version, the portrayal of Papa Bennet charmed hubby and I long ago and really got me interested in Jane Austen.

The '95 Firth-Ehle version remains the best in my purist's heart.

Here's a link to the review I wrote about the '05 McFayden-Knightley version. Warning, it's scathing:
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I LOVED the 1940s version. Wasn't Laurence Olivier a dreamboat? I think I fell in love with him when I was 14 years old because that was the first time I saw that version. He was a little too happy in his role. He wasn't the ideal guy for the part but boy, did he look it. I think seeing him I became attracted to only darker men.

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I saw the Greer Garson version of P&P a few nights ago, not bad. I say Kiera Knightly again ..... Still bad.

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emoticon I must revisit! Oh, the joy!!!! Happy weekend all!

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I was in the theater when I saw that scene and then I had to wait until the DVD came out so I could prove to my sister that I was right in the first place. I love watching those mess-ups. Keeps people on their toes.

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Oh, 1Thing, there's a scene in Lord of the Rings when the hobbits are running through the farm where a car drives by in the distance. Fantasy rather than history, but still fun to catch.

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Yes, me too! I'm the same with the '40's version of P&P. I knew we were in trouble with the opening shot of the sign that said something like "Ye Merry Olde England." Then the hoop skirts and all the syrupy sweet accents of the women. But I still enjoy it! I suppose it helps that I love Lawrence Olivier. As a side note, the archery scene in the Gwyneth Paltrow version of Emma appears to borrow from this merry olde Pride & Prejudice.

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I crack up every time I see the 70s version of P and P. I don't think that the acting was very good. Not enough passion for my taste :) But it was true to the book. The weirdest thing is that I'll still watch it and every version of every book ever made. I love comparing and noticing new things every time. Seriously, it's almost cultish for me. A wonderful obsession to my liking.

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I have P&P Firth version of course, Mansfield Park & Emma, agree about periods of film vs actual period of protrayal. I get kicks out of watching hair cuts and have you noticed the nice manicures. I keep waiting for a late model vehicle to show up :) happy reading.

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What's in your collection so far? Have you seen any of the BBC versions from the 1970's? Though they were true to the text of the novels, some of them lacked the life or humor of Austen's writing. The 70's styling didn't help me much either - LOL! Have you noticed how the historical movies always claim to be historical but look like the decade they were made in? I especially love the bouffant hairstyles in the Westerns made in the 60's.

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Hi, I thought Mansfield Park was a nice piece though not my favorite Austen. I think Pride and Prejudice is my favorite and that Colin Firth version is the better. It does stay closer to the book for the most part. I definitely did not like the newer version and had much difficulty even watching it. I was highly disappointed in Atonement. I looked forward to watch it due to its comparison to PP. My error was it was not the PP version I like.

I love Jane Austen works and am in the process of collecting her in film but trying to limit it to those versions that stay close to the book itself. Have fun reading and viewing.

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I know! I can't wait. And there's a rumor going around that our boy James McAvoy will be playing Bilbo Baggins. That's kind of disappointing because I can't picture him and Ian Holme being the same hobbit. You have to read the books, though. Seriously, JRR Tolkien invented such a fantastic world.

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I love the LOTR movies, too! I confess that I haven't read the books, but they are on my "to read" list. My dh has been a lifelong fan of them & keeps needling me to read them. btw, my dh was raised in NZ not far from where they filmed the shire scenes. I hear that the same screenwriters/directors who made LOTR are working on a two film version of The Hobbit. Should be good.

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I grew up reading the books and just couldn't wait to see the movies when they came out! (referring to LOTR)
Anyway, it just occurred to me that I saw a version of MP but I can't remember if it was on PBS or not. I can't remember who the stars were but I remember Fanny had blonde hair. It was more true to the book. I can't even remember when I saw it so I'm sure this description doesn't really help but I liked it.
The book is kinda slow I guess but I still like it. I'm always happy when Fanny and Edmund get together.

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I can't believe you just mentioned LOTR. It is my favorite movie in the whole entire world. Maybe I'll post the rest of what I have to say on our scifi discussion...:)
I never liked MP and the movies did not live up to the books at all. It's not an exciting book anyway so I didn't really expect anything less from the movie.
Btw, thanks for the song, Kim. We looked it up online afterwards and my sister got really excited and started singing along.

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What ya'll need to do in order to watch JA book-movies is separate the book from the movie. No movie ever lives up to its book (except LOTR, that was just amazing!) Anyway, MP is a good movie, not at all like the book except the character names, but it's good. So is the Gwyneth Emma.
I had a torn feeling like this when I saw the first Resident Evil movie (they are my absolute favorite video games ever) but the movie was nothing like the first game. Basically all they got right were the Zombies. Anyway, once I figured out I needed to quit comparing the game to the movie, I realized it is a cool movie. The same goes for The Count of Monte Cristo. Great book, but almost nothing like the movie. Anyway, that's my say.
I think James McAvoy is gorgeous. I thought he was adorable in Narnia even as Tumnus. He is a good actor but Atonement wasn't all that great. It was ok, but I don't understand what all the Oscar hype was all about. I've seen much better movies than that.
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It's Mozart's Voi Che Sapete from the Marriage of Figaro - but an English translation.

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Does anyone know the song in the '95 version that Elizabeth sings at the piano forte at the end while Mr. Darcy is staring at her?

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Sounds like a good day! emoticon

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As a part of my JA day, I will re-watch Colin in P&P (as if I need an excuse)

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Amen to that! He's my absolute favorite actor. My family doesn't get it...

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He's got a charm on him, that's for sure. And I also don't go for Brad Pitt types at all. Yuck. Even Colin Firth is not that handsome but I love him to death.

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You don't think he's all that good looking? I do. Of course, I don't tend to like the over-the-top good looking (aka Brad Pitt) that much.

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He's not that good looking but his accent is so lovely. I could listen to him talk all day. And he's a good actor. He was in Shakespeare Retold from the BBC and he played Macbeth. He was really good. But I won't see him in Becoming Jane. I'm afraid to see that movie.

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You're so right - it never would have dawned on me 'cause who knows when I'll watch that again.

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Yes, he played the Pan in "The Chronicles of Narnia". I was watching it the other day and was like, "hey, I know him!". He is such a little guy.


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It was really good!

Have you noticed how he's like everywhere all of a sudden? I want to see Wanted - that new movie with him and Angelina Jolie.

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I saw the movie and it was good. Find it hard to believe that it was true - maybe loosely based on facts. I loved Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. Cant' wait to see him in "Atonement".


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Yea - I saw it in the theater with a friend of mine. It got her wanting to read Jane Austen, so it was well worth it! I definitely enjoyed it - somehow for stuff like that I'm much less of a purist than I am for the novel adaptations.

And my opinion of the new P&P - it was beautiful, cinematographically (I just made up a word I think). But all in all, not a good adaptation in my opinion. Of course, I'm not happy with anything less than the 6 hour BBC adaptation.

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Did anyone watch Becoming Jane? I thought it was very interesting how that story (though embellished) was actually true. It wasn't written like Jane Austen would have written it. I'm sure she would have included more wit. Still, I liked it pretty well.

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I finally viewed the newer P&P last night, it was different, not bad.

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Well, nothing really exciting happens to her directly. I mean, everything happens to all the people around her and she happens to get stuck in the middle. She wasn't very interesting and the 1999 version stunk. Sorry. It was not accurate to the book at all. It was very raunchy and not appealing. Even the newest version, Fanny isn't portrayed as a strong character.

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The 1999 movie is inaccurate, and if I'd read the book first, I'd totally agree that it was horrible, since I'm a purist. But, I fell in love with it before I knew better. It conflates Austen herself and Fanny.

And yes, Fanny is strong in her convictions, but she's just too good for me to really enjoy.

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I totally disagree - I never saw the 1999 version of Mansfield Park but from what I understand it isn't true to the book.

I love Fanny. She isn't strong and clever (she isn't very bright), but she is strong in her convictions and true to the people she loves. I think she is admirable.


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Mansfield Park was the one Jane Austen novel that I saw the movie of (the 1999 version you're referring to) BEFORE I read the novel.

I LOVED the movie - really, really, loved. Then I read the book, and was ashamed to find that, at the time, I HATED it.

Eventually, I went back to read it again, and it wasn't as bad as I thought the first time, but it's still definitely my least favorite Jane Austen novel - Fanny is such a sniveling character, she annoys me.

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Well, Jane Austen was definitely right about people not liking Emma. I found that the text was really great and it was a wonderful, complex plot but Emma was a snob.

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Is this the one they showed on PBS recently? I had seen it years before and liked it. I was reading the book at the time, so that was probably why. When I saw it this time, I found that I didn't like Emma/Kate as a person. I commented on this on the PBS thread, but I just found her to be snobbish, even after the turning point where she learns her lessons & falls in love. I remember reading somewhere (I think) that Austen said no one will much like Emma, the character. (Is that right?) Well, I never agreed until I saw Kate's version recently. The Gwyneth Emma version is probably not as true to the original, if I remember correctly, but in it, I liked Emma as a person in spite of her flaws & felt that her redemption was real. I guess I need to read the novel again! :-)

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I liked both versions, but I like the Kate Beckensale version a lot better. I agree, I thought it was closer to the book.

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Did anyone ever see the 1996 version of "Emma"? It's the one with Kate Beckinsale in it? I thought it was very true to the book, more so than the one with Gwenyth Paltrow in it. I was comparing both of those Emmas and I came to the conclusion that the dialogue was almost the same thing. And the ones that were the same weren't even quotes from the book! Overall, I enjoyed it very much.

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LOL! I will try to see it. I don't think I will like it, but I am always up for a good discussion.


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Then you will be disappointed, I'm afraid. She's not even Fanny Price at all. I think they traded her in for a version of Jane Austen, taken from Austen's letters and juvenelia. They've made her into a feminist heroine for sure.

This was not Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Definitely see it if you have a chance. On one level, it is imaginitive. And I'd love to know what you think about it. But I'm not really sure you can enjoy it if you've read (and appreciate) the novel. They should have called it Parkfield Manse, Fieldpark Mansion, or something else that reflects how they've played around with the whole thing. I'll write more later. My mind is full of response to this one. I'll just say that it reminded me of why I dropped out of grad school.

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It was on again this morning in my area. I didn't watch, but if it's "free" I may try to see it. I just hope that they don't make Fanny some kind of "independent" woman - she is simple and of strong moral character.


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Man, I missed it! Maybe they will show it again.

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If anyone is interested or has the time...

I just noticed that Independent Film Channel is showing the 1999 version of Mansfield Park a couple of times tonight (at least in our viewing area). In spite of the controversy you all mention here, or maybe because of it, I'm interested in seeing it.

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I definitely agree. Back then, what a scandal!

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So glad you guys read "Mansfield Park". I just love the Fanny character and how she stays true to her feelings for her cousin and not the slimeball who loves her. In a way this story is a bit risque as her cousin leaving her husband for another man!! Great story.


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I definitely agree. What dramatize something that is already great!

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It's amazing how many liberties they can take with a book! Ms. Austen would be rolling over in her grave!

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Wow! I finally finished the book "Mansfield Park". Now that I read the book, I see that the movie wasn't as good as I thought.

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I just checked the book out at the library! I agree. I don't like it when they make a movie from a book and add to it. Especially when it doesn't add to the plot of the movie.

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You are right. This version of the movie does not do the book justice. While, I enjoyed watching the movie, I had to separate the book from the movie. Definitely read the book and then decide how you feel about the movie. I don't think it was the best version.

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Thanks for the heads up. At first I couldn't recall the reference to the slave trade, but thinking back, there was a section where Tom was ill and Fannie found a notebook with drawings of his father and poor treatment of slaves. Not reading the book first, I didn't notice the difference. Thanks again.

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I haven't seen this version of the movie, so I really shouldn't respond to this, but as I understand it this particular version was a very poor interpretation to the book.

I understand that in the movie they try to make a political statement about the slave trade to the Americas which is something that was NEVER discussed in the book. I really despise when movies try to justify themselves by making some PC statement instead of just telling a story.

As I said I did not see this version, but based on reviews I will not see it.

The British version of the story made in the early 80s is a good interpretation of the book - the acting is stilted and the production was television quality, but it stays true to the book and to the characters.


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Over the weekend, I saw Manfield Park, 1999 version. I thought it was excellent. Immediately one of my favorites! However, that is one of the Jane Austen books that I have never read. I now have to go to the library!

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