Northanger Abbey [DVD] 
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Television adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen. Catherine Moreland (Felicity Jones), a spirited young beauty from the country, enters into the depraved society of Bath with dreams and fantasies sparked by her love
Northanger Abbey is an Eighteenth Century drama adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. Catherine Morland arrives at Northanger upon the invitation of Henry Tilney, only to discover that the place is shrouded in mystery and intrigue.
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I love the light-hearted scenes of dancing and flirtation. The undercurrent of danger in this louche city of Bath are signalled but not overdone, the villains are fleshed out and believable, the scenes when Catherine thinks she has lost Henry forever, the quiet moments between Catherine and Henry and his sister, all wonderfully done.
I am not an unconditional fan of Andrew Davies' adaptations of classic novels as I think he sometimes goes too far in his efforts to bring out what he regards as the hidden sexuality in the books but in this adaptation I think he got it exactly right in giving day and night dreams to Catherine with her over-wrought imagination.
As others have mentioned, this is a small screen production and has to be seen in that light but it's a little gem. Highly recommended.
The production was true to the story - yet funnier, mainly due to the content of Catherine's fantasies! I also very much enjoyed the devilish glances from Henry - such naughtiness rarely comes across in other Regency-set dramas.
This was well acted and well scripted. Two very pleasant hours, especially for Austen fans and those who enjoy good period dramas. This is certainly one to go next to the BBC's P&P and Jane Eyre. TWO THUMBS UP!
I would like to point out that DVD includes English subtitles for the hard of hearing... and for English learners.
I wish all DVD released could also include English subtitles...
Also for a production with a not-so-high budget I felt the costumes were excellent. In fact I preferred them vastly to those used in the Hollywood adaptation of Pride and Prejudice featuring Keira Knightly. I'm aware the director of Pride and Prejudice didn't want to use the empire waistline so he based his film before it was fashionable however the Northanger Abbey dresses looked much better and they flattered the figures of the actresses. It also made it all the more authentic. When one considers the difference between the budgets it's almost amazing that the ITV version of Northanger Abbey could be so vastly preferable.
I also felt the fanciful nature of Catherine's mind was acted to perfection; Catherine was a 17 year old, young woman, with an overly-active imagination. This is what leads her to believe the things she does about General Tilney. And yes okay, there are sexual undercurrents in her dreams, and no Jane Austen doesn't ever actually explore sexuality so bluntly but this is another's interpretation... Catherine being so interested in what was wicked could have been intrigued by sexuality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this adaption of the book. Very charming and fun to watch, the cast did a great job portraying there parts and i loved this version so much.Published 13 days ago by Susan
This is Austen's trickiest book to adapt because it's a novel about books but they have done a really good job of making it accessible to modern audiences and bringing out the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Hibbert