Monday, January 21, 2008
I have had a chance to watch the 1995 version again this last week. This version of Persuasion is by far the better version. The writing struck me as quite powerful this time around. There are several scenes between Anne & Captain Wentworth that show dual meanings--they discuss Bath and their likes or dislikes of the place, but the true meaning behind the discussion is meant to show their true feelings toward one another. The scenes are acted & filmed in such a way that one takes the meaning immediately. They are well done indeed! Compare these scenes to the newer PBS version and one finds that the newer version does not have such deep, well constructed levels of meaning. The actors simply lack chemistry in the new version and without it, the film lacks in interest for this Jane Austen addict.