Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Brits on the Big Screen: My Favorite Moments

Hey everyone! I hope you're enjoying Hot Brits week. Yesterday, Allison of The Allure of Books shared her swoon worthy moments. I've decided to divide my moments into three categories: Harry Potter, humorous moments and swoon worthy moments.

Harry Potter

I'm not going to post a video of a specific moment here, but instead show you two characters that always put a smile on my face.

I'll admit, my attraction to these two has diminished lately, but right when I was sixteenish they made my heart go pitter patter. I've always had a soft spot for red heads.

Humorous Moments

For this first clip, go to the 5:00 mark in the video. Now, I need to confess that I haven't read any Jeeves & Wooster novels (by P.G. Wodehouse), but I have been watching the t.v. show since I was at least five years old. I think Honoria Glossop is one of the most hilarious characters in the entire show because she's very boisterous, in a way.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, let me explain. Bertie is a a man with a very large inheritance and Jeeves is a valet. Bertie is a party boy, and his social graces are sometimes lacking. The scene between Honoria and her mother is the modern equivalent of my mom approaching me and saying, "Honey, I want you to marry this unemployed, lazy party boy for the sole reason that he is rich." Not only do I love Honoria's witty comment about Bertie being a birthday gift, I would have a similar addition to such a question, except I would also go into immediate cardiac arrest.

Of course, not all friends and relatives pushing a favorable marriage are as reserved as Mrs. Glossop. In the below clip, Mrs. Jennings and Sir John Middleton become very engrossed in trying to figure out who has captured Elinor's attention.

I for one would be sitting there trying to create a diversion, perhaps by choking or something.

A lot of us are probably familiar with the 1985 adaptation of A Room With A View by E.M. Forster, and every time I watch the scene below (which starts a minute into the video), I can't help but giggle like an immature sixth grader. Before you start watching, be advised that this scene contains full on nudity.

And that, friends, is why carrying a parasol when you're hiking in the woods is so important. The guys decided to stop acting repressed for five minutes, and they got caught. I love seeing how differently Lucy, Cecil and Mrs. Honeychurch react to this scene, because it reveals something much deeper about how willing to let go of convention each one of them is.

Romantic Moments

Time for another moment from A Room With A View
. Passion simply takes over in this moment, and sets in motion a whole chain of events. I love the honesty in this scene. Skip to 5:20 in the video.


In case you haven't guessed, the next few moments are going to be from Austen adaptations, the first from Sense and Sensibility. I know a lot of you might disagree with me here since Elinor freaks out the entire scene, but Edward is incredibly sweet about the entire thing.


For the last few moments I'm going to focus on Pride and Prejudice. I would throw in some North and South, but I need to finish re-watching it. And I need to start Downtown Abbey.

I can't find the engagement scene from the 2005 film, but I adore the lighting in that scene. It is truly beautiful. I also love the way Elizabeth and Darcy become physically intimate but don't kiss, because it shows that they really love each other and want to savor every moment.
The proposal scene from 1995 has me in tears every time, and you can click here to watch it.

I don't think this last clip requires words. All I will say is watch where Elizabeth's eyes goes. I think she may be interested in Mr. Darcy...


There you have it. Some of my favorite moments of Hot Brits on big screens. You'll be seeing the favorite scenes of one more blogger, as well as a comparison, so keep your eyes peeled.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all of these great clips! I love Sense and Sensibility. North and South is a new favorite so I'm curious as to which scenes you'd pick from that one. I love the moment when they see each other at the train station at the end. :)

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  2. I can't get enough of the Weasley twins!! I think they picked phenomenal actors to portray them in the movies. Loving Brit week :)

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  3. Oh, Mrs. Jennings & Sir John are so irritating and yet so much fun to watch :D I love a later scene when they joke about Elinor performing musically and one of them goes, "And I believe I know what key you will sing in...F major!" Also love that end scene with Edward & Elinor - I think Emma Thompson does a marvelous job of portraying Elinor's emotional state.

    And I agree with Christina about the train station scene in North & South...that one is pretty amazing :)

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  4. room with a view - loved it. the soundtrack was so very romantic too.

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  5. Totally love the twins on the Harry Potter series! And yeah, Colin Firth.

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