This is a wonderful film from the BBC of the novelist Jane Austen,
writer of romantic novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and
Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Emma.
Jane was widely admired for her novels which were read in Paris
and enjoyed by royalty and yet her own story may not
have been quite so romantic as her heroines.
I enjoyed watching this movie. It is so different!
Jane lives in fairly straitened circumstances with her mother and sister
in a cottage on her impoverished brother's estate who is a widower
responsible for eleven children.
Jane wonders about her life and how it may have been different had she married
at an earlier stage of her life when she received a marriage proposal.
The film reflects a society with its different codes of
conduct and character of early nineteenth century tempered by its beautiful horses and carriages,
music and dancing, elegance and manners.
The beliefs of the times when people thought differently
about marriage make for compelling viewing.
It is an unusual film with wonderful settings of beautiful landscapes and authentic styles of clothing which reflected the times.
Strong emotions, quirks and foibles of the characters and an engaging story line enhance
the picturesque quality of this film. Jane Austen was a strong and witty character herself
like her romantic heroine in Pride and Prejudice.
Full credit to the makers of this movie! It is quite a masterpiece.