Posted by Bonny on June 27, 1998 at 08:35:37:
In response to I was amused by it, written by Golda on June 26, 1998 at 18:16:15
] I know lots of people thing the BBC version of NA was dreadful. But I love it! Very few interpretations of a novel get the story quite right, but I think there were some very amusing aspects to the movie. The costumes, settings, and somewhat exaggerated style highlight what I think was going on in Miss Morland's head. She was like a typical teenager of her day.
Yes, the fantasy scenes were great! I find myself wondering what they were thinking(the producers), whether its not that they missed the point of the parody, but tried to convey something else, the fascination of Cath with the Gothic? Because one of her fantasies portrayed is is faithful to a scene from Udolpho, showing knowledge of that intertext.
But then rather than a foolish prating "rattle" John Thorpe comes across as quite sinister...& that can't be because they were trying to put us in the position of a girl with Gothic expectations of real life, because Catherine was very trusting toward the Thorpes, the "evil villains" of the piece.
Oh dear, I can't pinpoint it, but I did enjoy it, it was rather exciting while it made me feel like I didn't know the story at all...
Though it would be nice to have a new interpretation which does follow the parody of the original, and a more Henry-like Henry, and romour has it one is in the works! (unless I'm mistaken, could be just MP)
] No, I find this movie too amusing to let everyone bash it. I know I stand alone here. There are inaccuracies, but I look beyond them. I think they still pick up the essence of the story.
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