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|P2. Hands down.
Written by Julie P.
(5/9/2013 8:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Thank you for your comments., penned by Jerry
Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel, and P2 is my favorite Austen adaptation. It's truly beautiful. It's quite faithful to the novel, and it's obvious that the writer and director loved and understood the novel. I'm not fond of the treatment of Elizabeth, and they gloss over the Mrs. Clay/Mr. Elliot subplot, but it's still an absolute delight. The two leads have outstanding chemistry, and the supporting cast is stellar. Sophie Thompson is particularly excellent as Mary Musgrove.
P3 did some things that I consider to be unforgivable. The most blatant involves moving the constancy conversation to Lyme and having it be between Anne and Benwick. As a result, Frederick never hears it, so he really has no reason to write his letter. But they include the letter so it has to be butchered as a result. Plus, as Adrian mentioned, they have Anne running around Bath like a chicken with her head cut off. It's both silly and bizarre.
P1 suffers from bad 1970s production values. Normally these do not bother me (I'm a big fan of P&P1 and MP1, for example), but P1 is almost too faithful to the book. For example, they have Sir Walter read from the Baronetage while we meet the individual characters. And, during the long walk, they have Anne stop in her tracks and recite poetry. It's really rather silly. There are a couple of other scenes that I'm not rather fond of either, but it's still better than P3.
Your mileage may vary of course, so maybe a Persuasion film festival might be in order so you can make up your own mind.
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