Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Allison's Swoon-Worthy Movie Moments

Hey everyone! Today I have Allison of The Allure of Books here to talk about some of her swoon-worthy moments. Take it away, Alllison!



Hey guys! I'm really happy to be here talking about some of my favorite swoon-worthy moments from British mini-series classics. Reading books like North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and Persuasion by Jane Austen is all well and good...but let's be real. Sometimes, instead of reading, it's nice to pop in a movie to get caught up in a story - and the actors. In fact, before I even talk about my favorite movie scenes, let's just take a moment to admire...
Captain Wentworth from the 2007 Persuasion adaptation - he cleans up quite nicely. This movie isn't going to make my list because the climatic scenes are kinda awkward (in my opinion). but I couldn't leave him out completely!

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Okay now, let's talk movie scenes.

As far as Pride & Prejudice goes, I have a hard time picking an overall favorite between the BBC Colin Firth version and the shorter 2005 movie version. I love the way the BBC mini-series is nice and long - and sticks closely to the book. However, some of the scenes from the 2005 movie are awesome - like at the dance when Elizabeth totally sticks it to Darcy. Plus, the ending is much more swoon-worthy. My favorite scene is actually when they meet on the bridge in the morning, but the following isn't too shabby either:



A lot of people know and love Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South movie (and rightly so), but I don't think as many are familiar with Wives & Daughters. The entire book/movie is full of one of the absolute best casts of characters ever. I especially love the end of the movie because it is absolutely nothing like the book (which Gaskell didn't finish before she died anyway). Here it is (if you want, you can skip ahead to the 3:00 mark):



Here is the end of Northanger Abbey, another favorite of mine...again, a little different than the book (more romantic anyway):



Now we get to my favorite of them all: North & South. I absolutely adore both the book and the movie and have read/watched multiple times. There are two pieces of the movie that I particularly love, here is the first (which does not happen the same in the book):



And, the end...the ultimate swoon-worthy moment:



So, those are a few of my favorite movie moments. Make sure and comment telling us what you think of my list and what your favorite moments are! Thanks very much to Liz for letting me stop by!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Allison! Be sure to stay tuned, because you'll be seeing some of my own swoon-worthy moments very soon, as well as those of one other blogger.

4 comments:

  1. Well, you knew I wouldn't be skipping this freaking awesome post! I agree with you on every single moment. Although for me and the newest P&P, my favorite scene is when Mr. Darcy is walking across that field in the mist. Holy Lord, that's amazing! I usually slide off my seat and somehow manage to make it back to sitting as he finally approaches her. I love it!
    But, that is now all overshadowed by my absolute obsession with Mr. Thornton and the "Look back at me" scene and the last scene of the movie. I honestly don't think it gets more **swoon worthy** than that!

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  2. NOOOOOOOOOO! Thief! I have Look Back and the N&S ending in MY post! ;p

    And, ohhhhh, I love that picture of Capt. Wentworth.
    SO. MUCH.

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  3. I love the newest P&P version - the 'arguing in the rain almost kiss' is totally swoon worthy - But did you know the clip you selected, the kiss at the end, isn't in the British version of the film? (It certainly isn't on my DVD) It was done for America, apparently!

    After the North & South coverage I think I might have to find myself a copy, looks so good! BBC do period drama type things rather well - I'm totally in love with their most recent version of Jane Eyre. I'm not sure the upcoming film will be able to live up to the understated power of Ruth Wilson with Toby Stephens!

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  4. i agree with your persuasion comment. although i like the looks of that captain wentworth, the kiss (on his part) was lacking.

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