Sunday, January 04, 2009

Spending The Last Few Days In A Lovely Period Piece Haze

First up was the wonderful Cranford; I have been meaning to watch this for ages and it was every bit as wonderful as everyone said it is. Wonderfully gossipy and with dashes of romance and featuring ladies of a certain age in power and loving it. I must say Elizabeth Gaskell was quite ahead of her time.
For a frothy delightful champagne treat go watch Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. I am officially in love with Amy Adams wonderfully animated face and Lee Pace is just gorgeous! Plus gorgeous costuming and set design.

This takes place in the same time period as Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. A little bit bumpy at times, but it is interesting to see where the characters go. I admit I wanted to throttle Polly and now I am determined to read a biography of the Mitford sisters. The really funny part was recognizing the actresses who played younger sisters (not shown above) would go on to play roles in Hex and the new Chronicles of Narnia movies. Great costuming in this!

4 comments:

Rose said...

Ooh what a nice post. Cranford is wonderful isn't it, although it has far more poignant, sad moments that I expected.

I still haven't seen Miss Pettigrew, but I have read the book and thought it was lovely.

Ah Polly is maddening in the books too. A very silly girl- in fact all the characters are very silly except Fanny really but you kind of come to love them in the the way Fanny does. I still think Rosamund Pike is really too pretty to be Fanny but they make her as plan as they can.

Jenavira13 said...

Rose, my exact same thoughts on Rosamund Pike! I never did fully warm up to Polly, but the other two most definately. You have to watch Miss Pettigrew! You'll love it.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Oh I loved Miss Pettigrew- I was in Art Deco heaven watching that film...

Jenavira13 said...

Daily, if you liked miss pettigrew then you should watch cold climate.