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For this month’s JANE AUSTEN MOVIE CLUB, we have an election!!!

Okay, not exactly. But we are voting! So fulfill your patriotic duty (to the great nation of Austenland) and vote on the following issues:

With which Austen adaptation heroine would you most like to share a pot of tea?

Which is your favorite performance?

Are there any Austen heroines who you don’t feel have ever been well-portrayed on screen?

Are there any Austen heroines whom you like more in the book than the film, or vice versa?

All answers welcome!

(And here are a bunch of pictures to jog your memory!)

Cara King, who votes that movie theaters start serving tea

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Welcome to a surprise meeting of the Risky Regencies JANE AUSTEN MOVIE CLUB!

(Janet, I hope you feel better soon!!!)

Today we’re discussing the new movie THE DUCHESS.

Based on the Amanda Foreman biography of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who lived from 1757 – 1806, THE DUCHESS tells her story from just before her marriage until several years in.

The movie is visually sumptuous, as these pictures show. (By the way, if you want to see any of the pictures bigger, you can just click on them!)

Here’s some useful background info on the movie itself:


SCREENPLAY: Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Saul Dibb

Jeffrey Hatcher, by the way, wrote the play and screenplay for the Restoration theatre drama STAGE BEAUTY, and co-wrote the screenplay for the Heath Ledger CASANOVA.


Keira Knightley: Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire

Knightley, of course, played Lizzy Bennet in the recent film of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

Ralph Fiennes: Duke of Devonshire

Charlotte Rampling: Lady Spencer

Dominic Cooper: Charles Grey

Cooper played Willoughby in the most recent TV version of SENSE & SENSIBILITY.

Hayley Atwell : Bess Foster

Atwell played Mary Crawford in the recent TV attempt at MANSFIELD PARK.

Simon McBurney: Charles Fox

Aidan McArdle: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

So…have you seen it?

If so, what did you think?

How did you like the script, the casting, the performances?

What did you think of the costumes and the stately homes?

All answers welcome!

Cara King, who wouldn’t mind living in Somerset House herself

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Welcome to the October meeting of the Risky Regencies JANE AUSTEN MOVIE CLUB!

Today we’ll be talking about BRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

So please, chime in a say what you liked, what you didn’t like, and how much you enjoyed seeing Naveen Andrews dance.

And if you haven’t seen it, let us know if you want to!

To aid the discussion, here are the major credits:

DIRECTOR: Gurinder Chadha

SCREENPLAY: Paul Mayeda Berges
and Gurinder Chadha


Aishwarya Rai: Lalita Bakshi
[Lizzy Bennet]

Martin Henderson: William Darcy

Nadira Babbar: Mrs. Manorama ChjamanBakshi
[Mrs. Bennet]

Anupam Kher: Mr. Chaman Bakshi
[Mr. Bennet]

Naveen Andrews: Balraj Bingley

Namrata Shirodkar: Jaya Bakshi
[Jane Bennet]

Daniel Gillies: Johnny Wickham

Indira Varma: Kiran Bingley
[Miss Bingley]

Sonali Kulkarni: Chandra Lamba

Nitin Ganatra: Mr. Kohli
[Mr. Collins]

Meghnaa Kothari: Maya Bakshi
[Mary Bennet]

Peeya Rai Choudhuri: Lakhi Bakshi

Alexis Bledel: Georgina ‘Georgie’ Darcy

Marsha Mason: Catherine Darcy
[Lady Catherine]

And if you need some questions to get you started, how about:

If you had to marry either Mr. Collins or Mr. Kohli, which would you choose?

All answers welcome!

Cara King, drinker of tea and typer of words

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Welcome to the September meeting of the Risky Regencies Jane Austen Movie Club!

(And I apologize for our last-minute cancellation last month — I’ll blame it on my cat, as soon as I think how.)

Today, we’re discussing the feature film MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD.

Have you seen it?

If so, what did you think?

For those of you who’ve read some or all of the O’Brian books, did the movie satisfy you? Annoy you? How?

For those who aren’t familiar with the Aubrey/Maturin books, how did the movie work for you? Did it make sense?

To aid the discussion, the major credits follow, with some “you may have seen this actor before in this” in italics…

DIRECTOR: Peter Weir

SCREENPLAY: Peter Weir and John Collee

Based on the novels of Patrick O’Brian


Russell Crowe: Capt. Jack Aubrey

Paul Bettany: Dr. Stephen Maturin, Surgeon

Bettany will play Lord Melbourne in the upcoming THE YOUNG VICTORIA. He was also Prince William of Orange in SHARPE’S WATERLOO.

James D’Arcy: 1st Lt. Tom Pullings

Does the handsome first lieutenant look familiar? James D’Arcy played Tom Bertram in the most recent MANSFIELD PARK adaptation, and Nicholas Nickleby for television in 2001.

Edward Woodall: 2nd Lt. William Mowett

Woodall played Robert Martin in the Gwyneth Paltrow EMMA.

Chris Larkin: Capt. Howard, Royal Marines

Max Pirkis: Blakeney, Midshipman

Jack Randall: Boyle, Midshipman

Max Benitz: Calamy, Midshipman

Lee Ingleby: Hollom, Midshipman

Richard Pates: Williamson, Midshipman

Robert Pugh: Mr. Allen, Master

Richard McCabe: Mr. Higgins, Surgeon’s Mate

McCabe also played a naval man in the Root/Hinds PERSUASION — he was Captain Benwick. He was also Mr. Brocklehurst in the 2006 JANE EYRE, and will appear as Sir James Hare in the upcoming THE DUCHESS.

Ian Mercer: Mr. Hollar, Boatswain

Tony Dolan: Mr. Lamb, Carpenter

David Threlfall: Preserved Killick, Captain’s Steward

Billy Boyd: Barrett Bonden, Coxswain

Boyd, of course, was Pippin in the LORD OF THE RINGS movies.

Bryan Dick: Joseph Nagle, Carpenter’s Mate

Joseph Morgan: William Warley, Cpt. of Mizzentop

Morgan was William Price in the recent MANSFIELD PARK.

George Innes: Joe Plaice, Able Seaman

William Mannering: Faster Doudle, Able Seaman

Patrick Gallagher: Awkward Davies, Able Seaman

Alex Palmer: Nehemiah Slade, Able Seaman

Mark Lewis Jones: Mr. Hogg, Whaler

John DeSantis: Padeen, Loblolly Boy

Ousmane Thiam: Black Bill, Killick’s Mate

Thierry Segall: French Captain

So . . . what did you think???

All answers welcome!

Cara King, who isn’t even master and commander of her cat

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