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Persuasion 1971

Persuasion 1971

Persuasion 1971

I bought this adaptation at the same time as this Sense and SensibilityOnce you get past the 1970s fashion (and hairstyles) it is a great adaptation. It follows the plot of the novel closely – although some bits are left out (like little Charles’s accident and Anne missing the dinner party). There is a lot of ‘projecting to the back row’ acting (particularly by Sir Walter), but I think that is more about direction and the style of acting at the time – it feels like theater rather than a naturalistic film.

Sir Walter Eliot

Sir Walter Eliot

Anne (with Wentworth in the background) - check out the hair!

Anne (with Wentworth in the background) – check out the hair!

Elizabeth and Sir Walter

Elizabeth and Sir Walter

Lady Russell

Lady Russell

Mary, Charles and Anne

Mary, Charles and Anne

MrEliot_Anne

Mr Elliot and Anne

MrsClay

Mrs Clay

This isn’t a beautiful adaptation and it is certainly showing its age, but still worth watching if you love Persuasion and its quiet tone.

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