Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hitchhiker's Guide

Many thanks to LTC for discovering and sharing the link to this delightful automobile ad featuring Calypso Grant Jennifer Ehle early in her career!

Catching some Rays

M&C P&P review
"A combination of good actors such as Colin Firth playing the proud Mr. Darcy, and Jennifer Ehle as the feisty Elizabeth Bennet and careful attention to scenery, costume and daily living details of Regency England, make this production a stunning complement to Jane Austen’s words."

Chance to win a copy at An Island Life blog or at Blissful Buzz blog and/or take a who-are-you-like test. (And to commiserate with the commenters who turned out to be most like Mrs. Bennet!)

Et Al

Blogger shepster recently watched The Russell Girl for the first time for at least one very good reason "a/ it was on and b/ it had Ehle in it". Other insights: "she's absolutely superb in it " (note too the often seen reference to her "twin") and finally "Very nicely shot and a good soundtrack, far better than this kind of thing usually is and that's mainly down to Ehle."

George Street blogged about acting genes including an Ehle+Harris=Ehle equation.

Here and There

Many new reviews of the Rosemary Harris film (called Michael Caine's film in most places, but not here of course) Is Anybody There? are available
JAMES VERNIERE writes of the "insufficiently exploited supporting cast "
MICHAEL DWYER says "The film adeptly avoids the easy pitfalls of patronising or sentimentalising the many older people who populate it, opting instead to celebrate their long lives as they are drawing to an end. These disparate personalities are played with wit and dignity by a splendid ensemble cast of veterans"
Philip French in a review at The Observer mentions the excellent supporting veterans who "do their largely comic turns in the background"
KRISTIAN LIN enjoyed the film but thought director and write may have overstepped with Ms Harris's character, although a further peek into one of her scenes is given.
Sean P. Means' 5-Minute Movie Review recognizes the "talented group of veteran actors (including the great Rosemary Harris)"
Barbara Vancheri, considered the film a bumpy ride but adds "excellent actors such as Rosemary Harris get too little screen time" (Maybe it would have been less bumpy had that been taken care of?)
Roger Moore of The Orlando Sentinel found the movie "often melancholy but always charming" and observed "The great Rosemary Harris stands out as a dance teacher who has lost a leg and pretty much everything she ever loved, but who hasn't given up."
JOAN E. VADEBONCOEUR thinks Caine is Oscar-worthy but that "... the sweetness turns overly sentimental in the last quarter. More extensive use of the residents would have been wise. However, Leslie Phillips as the one who tells slightly raunchy anecdotes and has an awkward romance with the sensitive one, played by the wonderful Rosemary Harris, scores amusingly and touchingly. "

Meanwhile, back at the Palace ...

Further casting for this autumn's production of MTC's The Royal Family is being reported at and at Back Stage Expresso and theatemania and Variety and by bbbblogger

Rehearsals begin Aug. 11 as reported at Production Listings at Back Stage


For a mere £3,000 (about U.S. $5,000) you can dance and otherwise cavort at a Regency Ball at Chawton House At the link you can read about the inspiration and funding for Chawton House and all about the delights planned for the Ball. Enjoy the idea of a modern Lady Catherine de Bourgh arriving at Longbourn in a Learjet. Be tantalized by the revelation that "There will be celebrity guests who starred in the most memorable BBC TV series from Jane’s oeuvre: Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility." (Oh, please let us know ... which ones? who? who?)

If you need help in choosing your attire for the ball, pop over (or is that under ?) to Australia (some of you are already there, of course) and check out the exhibition of Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen at the National Gallery of Victoria. Also covered at Artdaily (which includes a great HQ photo of one of the dresses). And that's all I'm going to say about it since the first link points out that in Austen "The characters who do talk at length about clothes are always the most idiotic."
From there, take the first right turn (or would that be left?) and travel to Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton where you can indulge your footwear choices with "An exhibition of fantasy shoe designs inspired by the character of Marianne in the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility" (I long to know what "fantasy" shoes in the Regency era look like).

For those who don't have the time to read Austen's novels (surely it would be a time constraint only, for the inclination must be there), and for whom even Cliff's Notes are too detailed, help is here. Great works of literature, including Pride and Prejudice have been shortened into tweets as described Here and Here too. "Woman meets man called Darcy who seems horrible. He turns out to be nice really. They get together." (The efficiency of a tweet is evidenced by using the same for both P&P and Bridget Jones’s Diary).

And finally in the last Austen news, new versions of Emma are planned at The BBC and Bollywood

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother's Day, especially anyone who had a 2 month old baby to cuddle.

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