Friday, August 03, 2007

Becoming Jane

With my dear friend Elizabeth and my new friend Virgie, I rode down 29 to Silver Spring to see this lovely little gem of a film about the life of Jane Austen at the American Film Institute Silver Theater. I had never been there, so that was a fun adventure in and of itself. The film was playing in the large, beautiful, art-deco themed main theater. We sat in the back box seats where each seat had a convenient little table between. It felt quite luxurious. As for the film, I really enjoyed it. It portrayed Jane almost as if she were a character in one of her books in order to show how her real life influenced her work. The scholars are having a field day pointing out the historical flaws in the screenplay, but within the construct of a work of cinematic art aimed at all of us who love her, the romanticizing of Jane's life a little was fine with me. It was exquisitely filmed and the acting was really, really good. James McAvoy is quite yummy. My only complaint, if you decide to go down there and see it before the wide release on Friday, is that the sound was not good. There was an echo or something that swallowed much of the dialogue. In fact, I will see it again as soon as I can just to hear the rest of the words. As a perfect touch to the evening, Elizabeth gave me this. She will definitely have a place of honor on my desk as my new muse.


6 comments:

  1. That's a serious action figure! I'm glad the show was good. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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  2. I'm so jealous that you've seen it!! I have to admit, I was a bit startled by the idea of Jane Austen being an "action figure" :)

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  3. That movie came out here several months ago -- the first time that England got something before the States. My first counselor went with her husband who was bored silly by it, so I've been put off, but now I'm realizing that I've made my decision based on a MAN'S opinion of Jane Austen. Crazy! I'll have to rent it.

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  4. The Silver Theater!! We went there a handful of times when we lived in walking distance. It is a treat indeed. I just saw "Say Anything" with John Cusack in their smaller theater on Friday. Nothing like the deluxe retro big screen though!

    Let me know when you plan on going again, it would be fun to see it even thought I'm skeptical. It's Jane Austen afterall.... Oh, and that action figure made me chuckle!

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  5. Ha! What will they come up with next? Don't tell me she's part of a line of action figures! George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain...? That's pretty funny.

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  6. Mendy and I went to see Becoming Jane Friday night and loved it! We both want to read her biography now. The chemistry between them was great!

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