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|In defense of NA1
Written by Chas
(8/4/2013 12:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I like them both..., penned by Karon
As much as I like NA2, I love NA1 a little more--for some of the reasons you mention, mostly its aesthetics though. Because while it does try to adapt NA as well as it can, it also tries its hardest to pay tribute in small little ways to Jane Austen's life and her writing.
The Marchioness is a reference to one of Jane Austen's relatives--the one who married a French aristocrat and later became Henry's wife.
The two sisters of Catherine that are named, are the two heroines of the incomplete novels of The Watsons and Sanditon.
There are other little things in there that are meant to be "winks" to Jane Austen fans. Those winks make me appreciate NA1 all the more.
And the music just adds to the aesthetics of the film. It reminds me of another film dealing with the same genre that came out about that time... Gothic I believe it was called. Also we need not forget that Gothic Romance was the "racy" material of the day, and quite a passing fad--so music that was "racy" and a bit of a "fad" I think contributed to that sense.
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