The Bog of Lost Scholars

May 31, 2009

North & South: The Movie

Filed under: Film and Media — castiron @ 2:09 pm

Just finished watching the DVD of the BBC 2004 version of North and South; I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago while visiting family and decided it was worth getting my own copy. (At some point, I need to read the book again; the movie stands on its own, but I can’t remember the book well enough to judge it as an adaptation.)

It gives the character interest of a Jane Austen movie (and the period costumes and settings), but with the addition of social and economic issues that aren’t as blatant in an Austen production. And the textiles person in me keeps trying to figure out what exactly they’re doing with different machines. I greatly enjoyed it.

I have to ask, though, is the public affection at the end something that would’ve been tolerated in period, or is it there for the modern audience? I’d have bought it more if they’d waited until they were in the train….

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