If you had a friend who had never watched a period drama, but was ready to start with a Jane Austen film...which one would you recommend?
I suppose it would depend on the friend in question. There are two Jane Austen films I would recommend as a first period drama, but which one that I would recommend to a friend depends on certain conditions...
Of course, five hours would be daunting to the period drama newbie, but I think the story is so well told and so well explained in this version that I would recommend it very quickly. And after all, this was my first Jane Austen adaptation (not counting the Wishbone episode, of course ;-) ). Since it's a miniseries, the story is divided up into sections so you can watch a section at a time without having to sit through all five hours in a row. It's not much different than watching a couple of episodes of a TV show. And, since Pride and Prejudice is usually the Jane Austen book that people are introduced to Jane Austen through, and since this is (in my opinion) the best version out there, I would recommend it.
Five hours too daunting? Want to start off with something shorter to see if you would like it? Then I would recommend the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. Even though this version of Sense and Sensibility isn't as accurate to the story as it could have been, it's still a pretty good starter for a Jane Austen film. The overall tone of the story is in this movie, the acting is good, and you get a pretty solid representation of Jane Austen in about two and a half hours.
Would you recommend these two films to a Period Drama Newbie? What would be your Jane Austen recommendations for someone new to period dramas? Leave a comment!
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