Sunday, December 28, 2008

Anne in Bloom


"Twelve years had changed Anne from the blooming, silent, unformed girl of fifteen, to the elegant little woman of seven-and-twenty, with every beauty excepting bloom, and with manners as consciously right as they were invariably gentle..." Jane Austen's Persuasion

One particularly lovely part about actress Amanda Root portraying Anne is that she literally changes onscreen from a pale old maid with a red nose and blooms into a healthy, bonny bride. She is so lovely especially right at the end when she starts to smile more and curl her hair a bit.

Check out the transformation with some of my favorite shots of Anne:

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Anne leaving Kellynch - yes her nose is actually red!

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Anne taking a closer look in the glass - not quite what Captain Wentworth would remember.

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Sea air at Lyme is good for the complexion - or is it literary chats with Captain Benwick, or being admired by a stranger on the beach, or is it being in love?

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Anne enjoying of Mrs. Smiths gossip and good spirits - are those rosy cheeks I see?

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Anne shortly after seeing Captain Wentworth in Bath - she wears the same earrings quite a bit but they are nice.

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Mrs. Wentworth, the picture of a beautiful blushing bride. Now that's a transformation!

(a weekend of rest is just what I needed)


The Editrix said...

Ah yes, you're right. . . I really taken note of the transformation until now, but now that you mention it, I really do see what you mean. . .

This is my favourite version of Persuasion - in fact it's possibly one of my favourite JA movies! It almost seems to be the 'forgotten' Austen movie - it deserves to be watched and enjoyed by a lot more people than it currently is.

The Editrix said...

Oops, I meant to type "I haven't really taken note" etc. :-)

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