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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    I didn't know they were making this book into a movie. Do you know when it comes out stinkerbell? Thanks for the info. My store has that book as a remainder at $5.95 for a hardcover. I know what book I'll be reading next.

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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Aristocat View Post
    BTW, has anyone seen the previews for the new Firth movie, "The Last Legion"?
    Of course!
    Read the book in 2005, while the movie was in production, because I couldn't possibly be expected to wait for the movie! Would be nice if it actually got released.



    Thank you to two of my MCVIP friends for alerting me about this thread. I can't believe I didn't just sense so much Firth love and had to be directed here.

    Sorry so late to the party!

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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyballerina View Post
    Thank you to two of my MCVIP friends for alerting me about this thread. I can't believe I didn't just sense so much Firth love and had to be directed here.

    Sorry so late to the party!
    So glad you could make it disneyballerina. Have you read Austenland yet or seen Becoming Jane? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancywitt View Post
    So glad you could make it disneyballerina. Have you read Austenland yet or seen Becoming Jane? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Where's my party hat? Rats, can't find it. This will do!

    Austenland is on my To Read list.

    And the way it works with me, the only movies I get to see in a theater are usually chosen by my Kidalinas. I can only imagine the eye-rolling from Kidalina 2 if I dragged him to see Becoming Jane. Poor thing has seen the BBC P&P no less than 100 times at his ripe old age of 7.

    Kidalina 1 is 9 and loves Mr. Darcy. Only Colin's Darcy though, of course. Maybe I could sneak off with her to see Becoming Jane.

    *plotting*

    The last two Firth-related books I read were: And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Blake Morrison. Jim Broadbent as the dad, Colin as the son. Can't wait to see that! I love Jim Broadbent also.

    Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman
    Helen Hunt and Colin? Huh. I'm not too sure how that's gonna be. I enjoyed the book very much though.











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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancywitt View Post
    I didn't know they were making this book into a movie. Do you know when it comes out stinkerbell? Thanks for the info. My store has that book as a remainder at $5.95 for a hardcover. I know what book I'll be reading next.
    http://www.sonyclassics.com/thejaneaustenbookclub/

    9/21 in NY and LA. Hopefully it's not so limited as that? Our theater says it opens here 9/21 as well, so I'm sure if you have a theater that plays smaller movies, it'll be playing there.

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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    i've never seen the 80's version, one of these days i intend on renting it, just havn't yet. so Matt is my Darcy. guess it's just being part of the new generation.
    The BBC's P&P with Colin Firth, 1995

    Is this the one you haven't seen?

    I am obviously of the opinion that Colin's version of Mr. Darcy is superior to Matthew Macfayden's. That said, I am always happy when any Austen work is dramatized. I thought Donald Sutherland was great as Mr. Bennet in the new version. And Judi Dench is just... Judi Dench.

    When you rent the other version, you might still decide that you prefer Matt and Keira to Colin and Jennifer Ehle. But I hope you'll still enjoy seeing it. Benjamin Whitrow was SO wonderful as Mr. Bennet. And Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet? Very funny. My daughter does a delightful impression of Steadman's Mrs. Bennet, with a lot of hand-fluttering. Always makes me laugh.

    "Oh, Mr. Bennet!"

    "You don't know how I suffer!"
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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    ok, so i started the 80's version last night and there are some thigns that are better, something i gagged at, like mrs. bennet. way to over the top, and i have been readint the book so thats what i base my judgements on.

    as for mr. collins, no. Tom Hollander got it better. I like keira's lizzy and sad to admit, put Firth's darcy with Keira's liz and it would be PREFECT...but i still like matt, lol


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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    ok, so i started the 80's version last
    night and there are some thigns that are better, something i gagged at, like mrs. bennet. way to over the top, and i have been readint the book so thats what i base my judgements on.
    Reading the book should be a prerequisite, so yeah.

    I love Alison Steadman's portrayal of Mrs. Bennet, and fully agree that her performance is OTT, but disagree that it is gag-worthy.

    as for mr. collins, no. Tom Hollander got it better.
    Tom Hollander = not creepy enough for me. Mr. Collins is supposed to be repulsive. David Bamber as Mr. Collins, with that greasy lock of hair on his forehead... far more revolting. Imagining kissing him is truly cringe-inducing. Just ew. Maybe I like Tom Hollander too much.
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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    David Bamber was spot on as Mr. Collins.

    My daughter and I do this thing. I'll say, "I bought some apples. I say apples, for I have several." She'll say, "I checked out some books. I say books, for I have several."

    We looove Mr. Collins. And we're freaking dorks.

    We have a lot of the Ehles/Firth P&P memorized.

    We absolutely hated the Keira Knightley P&P.

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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkerbell View Post
    David Bamber was spot on as Mr. Collins.

    My daughter and I do this thing. I'll say, "I bought some apples. I say apples, for I have several." She'll say, "I checked out some books. I say books, for I have several."

    We looove Mr. Collins. And we're freaking dorks.

    We have a lot of the Ehles/Firth P&P memorized.
    You're not dorks. That's freaking awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkerbell View Post
    We looooved Becoming Jane. Really loved it. It's so satisfying.
    So you won't be surprised then, that when I read this, ^ I was reminded of Caroline Bingley urging Lizzie to join her in taking a turn around the room.

    "It's so refreshing!"











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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    I really love the BBC P&P, though I liked the increased sexual tension in the latest version. When Matthew Macfadyen's Darcy helps Lizzy into the carriage and the scene cuts to him flexing his hand...or when they have the fight Rosings and they fight the urge to kiss...wonderful scenes. And really, Macfadyen grew on me.

    But the BBC Mr. Collins really captured the icky factor.
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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by Aristocat View Post
    I really love the BBC P&P, though I liked the increased sexual tension in the latest version.
    Yay for sexual tension!

    Agreed, the BBC version was definitely limited on what they could do, in terms of racy stuff. Mr. Darcy soaking wet was as overtly sexual as any other moment in the series.

    But there was so much energy between Ehle and Firth! That's when sexy isn't about actually being physical. I saw a lot more repressed desire in Colin's eyes, whereas Matthew Macfayden just kinda looked like he was brooding and tormented, bummed out and depressed, or angry.











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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by disneyballerina View Post
    But there was so much energy between Ehle and Firth! That's when sexy isn't about actually being physical. I saw a lot more repressed desire in Colin's eyes, whereas Matthew Macfayden just kinda looked like he was brooding and tormented, bummed out and depressed, or angry.
    Yes! That is so true!! Nothing to add...just had to agree.

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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    but macfayden is just so purty....

    i think my draw to these movies is the mens costumes. i would have no problem if that is how guys dressed now. its completly covered but oh so sexy...


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    Re: Austenland, a great book for all you Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth fans

    Quote Originally Posted by krystledm View Post
    i think my draw to these movies is the mens costumes. i would have no problem if that is how guys dressed now. its completly covered but oh so sexy...
    Breeches. Tight breeches. That show off all the gentleman's assets.
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