Other Movies based on Jane Austen

Becoming Jane (2007)
a beautifully filmed picture focusing on Jane's reported romance with Tom LeFroy, starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. Based solely on a couple of letters where Jane mentions Tom, the film is largely speculative but still entertaining.

Miss Austen Regrets (2008)
-we see Jane (Olivia Williams) in her later years, approaching forty and questioning her decisions in romance as she helps her niece Fanny (Imogen Poots) discern potential suitors

Lost in Austen (2008)
Amanda (Jemima Rooper), an ardent Jane Austen fan,
lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael,
until she finds she's swapped places with Elizabeth Bennett (Gemma Arterton).

Left: Jemima Rooper , Right: Gemma Arterton

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to find their relationships -- both old and new -- begin to resemble 21st century versions of her novels. (IMDB)

Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) is an average woman struggling against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man, and her many imperfections. As a New Year's Resolution, Bridget decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary in which she will always tell the complete truth. The fireworks begin when her charming though disreputable boss (Hugh Grant) takes an interest in the quirky Miss Jones and the ups and downs of their ill-fated relationship prove hilarious and touching at once. Thrown into the mix are Bridget's band of slightly eccentric friends and a rather disagreeable acquaintance (Colin Firth) who Bridget cannot seem to stop running into or help finding quietly attractive. (Written by Anuja Varghese IMDB)

(loosely based on Pride and Prejudice and the sequel is loosely based on Persuasion)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)
A Bollywood update of Jane Austen's classic tale, in which Mrs. Bakshi is eager to find suitable husbands for her four unmarried daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj and Darcy come to visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, though circumstance and boorish opinions threaten to get in the way of romance.
(I've enjoyed Bollywood films so when I heard about this adaptation, I was excited to say the least. Sadly, I was disappointed in the outcome. It felt like an americanized version of a bollywood film and left me dissatisfied.)

Pride and Prejudice (2003)
Elizabeth Bennet is a hard-working, intelligent college student who won't even think about marriage until she graduates. But when she meets Jack Wickham, a good-looking playboy, and Darcy, a sensible businessman, Elizabeth's determination is put to the test. Will she see through their exteriors and discover their true intentions? Based on Jane Austen's timeless tale Pride and Prejudice, Bestboy Pictures presents a comedy about love, life and feminine persuasion.

Clueless (1995)
Jane Austen's Emma meets Beverley Hills 90210 in US West Coast teen lifestyle parody.

An Indian adaptation of Jane Austen's
"Sense and Sensibility."

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play
written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old

Metropolitan (1990)
In an apartment on Manhattan a couple of friends from the New York upper-class meet almost every night to talk about social mobility, play bridge and discuss Fourier's socialism; the cynic Nick, the philosophical Charlie, partygirl Sally and austenite Audrey. They are joined by Tom. His background is much simpler and he is critical of their way of life.
But he finds a soul mate in Audrey, who without his knowledge falls in love with him. (based on Mansfield Park)

1 comment:

  1. I found a good part of Becoming Jane on YouTube. It's in about 12 different sections, and out of order, but the idea's there.



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