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Pride And Prejudice: Having A Ball [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Spirit Entertainment Limited
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CIWS5UK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,342 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary offering new insight into Jane Austen's novel 'Pride and Prejudice' by recreating the Netherfield ball which provides the setting for the two lead characters' first meeting. Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke, along with a team of professionals, put on a regency ball at Chawton House, taking into account various aspects including music, dance, food and clothing.

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Interesting account of the way balls were held in Regency England as portrayed in Jane Austen's books; plenty of material about the etiquette of balls, their social importance, the clothes and the food. Would have eben even better if only Amanda Vickery had been the presenter and not that idiot man.
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Really enjoyable tv episode. Although, I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more coverage of Regency etiquette and clothing.
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This is a very entertaining and informative DVD. Recreating the Netherfield ball from Pride and Prejudice in the house owned by one of Jane Austen's brothers is inspired. It's full of interesting facts: about the length of the dances; about how the length of the ball could be predicted by the type of candles used; and about the food and number of dishes served. The experts share their knowledge both in the preparation stage and during the ball itself.
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It,s good to know how to behave if I am invited to one of Janes friends balls, very entertaining, but I think my main concern would be all those calories, weighted down by all that food and alcohol I am surprised that they could stand up or move let alone perform the complicated dance routines, also it is interesting to look at the inside of her rich brother Edward,s Chawton house and a glimpse of Janes cottage on his estate, looking at this D V D it clearly shows the well laid out stratum of the social order of the day. It must have been terrible to be poor in those far off days serving at events like this, you really got to know your place in the order of things knowing that there was nothing that you could do to improve it, unlike modern times when with skills and talents you can improve your lot.
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A fascinating insight into Regency etiquette, fashion, food and dancing etc. Everything that organizing and partaking in a Regency ball entailed. Young and physically fit dance students act out the parts of guests and yet the intricacies of the steps, plus physical strength needed to take part really takes its toll on them. The variation in clothing between the 'ranks' of society is also fascinating, just as now one's wealth was on display via the quality of clothing worn and the expense lavished on the creation of a grand ball. The food for attendees was also a work of art. If you love all things Regency and Jane Austen then this DVD will feed that love and leave you feeling as if you have just come away from attending the ball as it captures the excitement and atmosphere so well.
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This fascinating programme tells you everything about what it took to prepare for a Regency ball. particularly interesting is to see the dancers practising. they chose ballet students to take the roles of Regency dancers, and it is amazing to see these fit young dancers sweating and breathless from practicisng dance steps that every smart person in the regency era would be expected to learn. Also you got to see how they dressed for the ball, and not least to see the delicious and elaborate food prepared for the supper. And finally the dance itself, with the ballet wtudents nimbly esecuting their steps, and making polite conversation at the same time, as would be expected in the regency era. You appreciate how much work went into it. And also, as one presenter points out, you may feel a bit more sympathy for poor Mr collins, not a good dancer, but who could blame him after seeing the work involved? this should appeal to anyone with an interest in jane Austen, or in regency society in general.
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