Exactly 200 years ago today, July 18, 1817, my favorite (deceased) author Jane Austen died. In honor of the bicentennial, Husband and I rewatched all of the screen adaptations that we could easily get our hands on.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that the book is always better than the movie, but what fun it can be to watch those movies!”
In addition to the versions we own, which are delightfully many…
…I hunted down three versions through the local library:
All in all, we saw 17 adaptations. In the weeks to come, I’ll post some mini-reviews. I’ll treat them in clusters based on the original Austen work; in other words, every adaptation of Emma we saw is discussed in one post, etc.
And here is the publication / written in order of Austen’s major finished works:
- Lady Susan (c. 1794, 1805; posthumously published in 1871) – adapted to film as Love and Friendship
- Northanger Abbey (c. 1798-1799, posthumously published in 1817)
- Sense and Sensibility (1811)
- Pride and Prejudice (1813)
- Mansfield Park (1814)
- Emma (1815)
- Persuasion (1816, posthumously published in 1817)
The links lead to my mini reviews.
We wanted to stick with versions of Austen’s novels instead of just anything Austen-related. That meant that the biopic-ish Miss Austen Regrets (2008, with the excellent Olivia Williams as Jane Austen), the fun Death Comes to Pemberley (2013) and Austenland (2013), for example, were out.
Unfortunately, I still missed a few. For example, there’s apparently a Welcome to Sanditon (a modern version of the unfinished novel Sanditon from 2013) that I haven’t seen at all. This time I also skipped a Pride and Prejudice version from 1980 that had some great moments, if memory serves. Ohwell – more to watch another time! 🙂
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