Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

DVD - 2008
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Catherine Morland is from a small provincial village. She is invited by a wealthy neighbour to accompany her to Bath. At Bath she is carried away with affairs of the heart which labour clumsily toward unsatisfactory conclusions.
Publisher: [South Burlington, Vt.] : WGBH Boston Video, [2008]
ISBN: 9781593757885
1593757883
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Jane 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 86 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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wendybird May 14, 2010

A gentle, thoughtful treatment of Austen's novel. While not as strong as some British costume drama, it is nontheless a pleasant enough journey. A younger Carey Mulligan does a lovely turn in one of the supporting roles, demonstrating why she has been snatched up by Hollywood.


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Booksss14
Jul 08, 2017

A delightfully adorable movie! Very well done, and I, having read the book twice, can testify that it does a very good job of following the novel. Felicity Jones and JJ Feild were excellent as the hero and heroine and were so adorable!!

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patch666
Jun 10, 2017

Good fun English film>> Felicity Jones is the reason to watch > she is fantastic

EuSei Nov 23, 2015

I never read Miss Austen's book, so I cannot judge this movie based upon it, but it was very enjoyable. (And if this movie is faithful to her book, Miss Austen created a story exposing the negative influence books may have upon immature mindd--which I completely agree!) I loved JJ Feild as Henry Tilney--he perfectly incarnated Austen's ideal male. While Felicity Jones looked a bit too silly at times, I am inclined to believe that was the way her character was to be portrayed. Beautiful scenery, lovely music, and fantastic costumes. Worth watching.

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karatemaster
Nov 11, 2015

Great acting, interesting plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie version.

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dprodrig
Oct 02, 2015

The movie is not too bad, given the source material. This is definitely one of Austen's weakest stories and it shows.

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nidofito
Dec 16, 2014

A nice period film. I liked the character of Henry. He was charming and of good humor.

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pemberely
Oct 31, 2014

starring carey mulligan from gatsby, jj field and bunny girl.

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LadySugar
Feb 21, 2014

I enjoyed this movie. It was better than I expected. The characters did a fantastic job.

jk_uws Aug 24, 2013

Originally borrowed to see actor J.J. Feild in earlier performances (after his winningly restrained "Mr. Darcy"-like performance as Mr. Henry Nobley in "Austenland" (2013), opposite Keri Russell as Jane "Miss Erstwhile" Hayes.

As Catherine Morland's primary romantic interest (Henry Tilney), J.J. Feild was featured more often & in more "character complexity" in Northanger Abbey (2008) than his more recent role (2013) as the novice Regency-era, role-playing gentleman, Mr. Henry Nobley. In Northanger Abbey, he was able to give a fine, nuanced performance of different aspects of his character's personality.

Although a bit annoying, Catherine's imagined "dream sequences" do give a bit of insight into how vividly her young imagination construed seemingly ordinary, daily events.

The other supporting characters were played well, esp. Isabella Thorpe (her brother's, James', finacee), Eleanor Tilney (Henry's observant & long-suffering sister), Mrs. Allen (well-meaning wife of wealthy, ailing businessman Mr. Allen) ... as well as the nastier characters: Gen'l Tilney & his more odious son, Capt. Frederick Tilney.

Sorry to be aesthetically superficial, but i thought the actor who played John Thorpe (flirty, avaricious Isabella's brother; Oxford classmate to Catherine's brother, James) was poorly cast ... apart from his boasting & lying he was rather "difficult on the eyes". I would have cast a less repugnant-looking actor in the role.

In fact, it would have been an interesting casting choice to reverse the roles of the 2 actors:
J.J. Feild playing John Thorpe & William Beck playing Tilney (who said Tilney HAS to be good-looking? He has a v. good character, which would speak better for him than just good looks). Of course, since i enjoy watching Feild's performance, it was fortunate that he was cast as Tilney. He did a fine, nuanced performance.

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EuSei Nov 23, 2015

Henry Tilney: I have to say, there is a kind of vampirism. No, let's just say that all houses have their secrets, and Northanger is no exception.

EuSei Nov 23, 2015

Jane Austen: "To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of 26 and 18 is to do pretty well. Catherine and Henry were married, and in due course the joys of wedding gave way to the blessing of a christening. The bells rang and everyone smiled. No one more than so than Eleanor, whose beloved's sudden ascension to title and fortune finally allowed them to marry. I leave it to be settled whether the tendency of this story be to recommend parental tyranny or to reward filial disobedience."

EuSei Nov 23, 2015

Henry Tilney to Catherine Morland: Let me instead tell you what I said to him. I told him that I felt myself bound to you, by honor, by affection, and by a love so strong that nothing he could do could deter me from...

Laura_X Jan 26, 2015

Any vampires? Don't say vampires. I could bear anything, but not vampires.

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Monolith
Nov 21, 2012

Henry Tilney: "...Your imagination may be overactive, but your instinct was true. Our mother did suffer grievously and at the hands of our father. Do you remember I spoke of a kind of vampirism?" Catherine Morland: "Yes." Henry Tilney: "Perhaps it was stupid to express it so, but we did watch him drain the LIFE out of her, with his coldness and his cruelty. He married her for her money, you see. She thought it was for love. It was a long time until she knew his heart was cold. No vampires, no blood. The worst crimes... are the crimes of the heart."

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Jun 30, 2010

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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