Jane Austen and Bronte Movies Streaming For April 2023

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Jane Austen and Bronte Movies Streaming For January 2023

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  • Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball

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Hulu

Netflix

  • Bridget Jones’ Baby
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Persuasion (2022)

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  • Bridget Jones’ Baby

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Review: Sanditon: S1 E02

In which: Charlotte attempts to apologize to Sidney only to have him rebuff her. Lady Denham’s luncheon turns into an awkward lunch when Lady Denham prods Miss Lambe about her fortune and pointing out Miss Lambe’s mother was a slave to the astonishment at the table. Arthur cuts open Lady Denham’s pineapple to find that it is rotten and filled with maggots. Miss Lambe attempts to flee to London only to not afford the price as she does not make it a habit of carrying cash and makes friends with Charlotte instead. Tom badgers Sidney to work on Sidney’s fashionable friends from London much to Sidney’s distaste. Lady Denham threatens Edward, and in turn Esther, not to cross her.

Lots and lots goes on.

I was thankful that we discover that Edward and Esther’s relationship are as step-brother and sister rather than full blood. I was quite shocked last week to think that Edward’s caress up Esther’s arm while they were playing cards was hinting at incest but no, just a conniving pair looking to be supported by Edward’s future wife. Who knows what goes on in their leaky home but no one seems to be of mind that they are alone together. Where is the chaperone? Was it okay for unrelated siblings such as step-children to live openly together without retribution?

What is with Sidney coming out of the sea naked? Why is it in most Jane Austen adaptations there must be a male lead who is coming out of water to show off his physique? I don’t mind as I appreciate the female gaze as much as the next but it’s just interesting to point out.

I also have reservations about Sidney and Charlotte pairing because you know this is the way but he looks far too old for her even though a: It was typical for older more “experienced” man and a young lady to couple up and b: Yet the actors are ten years apart. Only if Sidney didn’t look 20 years older that it would make character sense but nope.

But we all know, as this is an Austen story, they will get together in the end. Or at least some variance of it since Theo James isn’t coming back for season two.

I’m glad to see the inclusion, albeit so far only in Miss Lambe, of a person of color in Regency era.  People of color did live, breathe, make money, and love in Regency England. I’m hoping that future episodes bring more people of color characters in such in the vein of Bridgerton and it’s color blind casting.

Will Charlotte break Young Stringer’s heart? (Of course she will.)

I’m enjoying the slight sexing up of Edward/Esther (though it is creepy) and Sidney/Charlotte. It’s important to show, even if it seems to be against what we’d expect of Austen, that people were attracted to each other and desired one another during the Regency era. However, it was kept on the down low. Men were allowed to tom cat around, as Lady Denham points out, but a woman had to remain virtuous until marriage and succumb to their husband’s demands in the bedroom.

Overall, good episode and a lot was packed in. Subplots are beginning to emerge and hinting at what’s to come. I’ll give it a 3.5/5.

Review: Sanditon: S1 E01

I’m shocked to find out it is “Sand-eh-ton” and not “San-dish-ion” which is how i’ve been pronouncing it for years. No one ever corrected me. Kristin says I’m going to lose my status as a Jane Austen fan and be mocked mercilessly for this.

Please forgive me.

In E01, we meet Charlotte Heywood, eldest of 12, who lives with her family in a small estate. One day, while out shooting rabbits for fun or food, it’s never made clear, she and her brothers and sisters watch a runaway carriage lose a wheel and toss about Mr and Mrs Parker of Sanditon. After rescuing the Parkers, and introducing them to her family, it is decided that Charlotte, as a way of thanks, will travel to Sanditon with the Parkers for a visit.

(There is no way in hell this would happen in the 21sC.)

Mr Parker has huge plans to turn Sanditon from a small fishing village to a five star resort town to entice the ton from London to come visit.

We meet most of the main characters in the first episode. We have Charlotte, Lady Denham, Mr Parker’s benefactor, her ward Clara Brereton who becomes fast friends with Charlotte. Mr Parker’s two brothers, Arthur and Sidney, as well as their sister Diana. Of courses we have to have the villains, Sir Edward Denham, Lady Denham’s nephew, and Edward’s sister Esther.

Action ensues.

My second confession, other than mis-pronouncing the name, is that I have not read Sanditon the unfinished Austen book so I’m not up to speed on the plot so I have nothing to compare it to. I’m not terribly upset by this since it gives me leave to learn the plot as it unfolds rather than comparing it to the book.

But no matter. The set-up already has all the hallmarks of an Austen novel: innocent and often naive young  woman who struggles with romance with someone she’s not sure she quite likes as well the class distinctions that hangs over her. We know from the beginning, when Charlotte rightly points out to Sidney the capabilities of his brothers, that his dressing down is a matter of fliration. He’s been hurt you see, says Tom Parker, and hasn’t recovered from whatever it is.

The best heroes are always the brooding ones.

Sir Edward and Esther are a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. Was Edward flirting with Esther during that card game or was it another lady? Could Andrew Davies be so obtuse to throw in some incest? Either the lighting was poor or the actresses too similar in looks but we couldn’t quite figure out what’s going on.

I winced when Lady Denham said that Edward was a catch. He, to me, looks like a messy rake and not an attractive one at that. Lady Denham confides to Charlotte that he must marry a fortune, which Charlotte most certainly does not have. And impresses upon Charlotte to keep her crush on Sir Edward on the quiet side. Nuts to you Lady Denham! Charlotte, a keen observer we have learned, already knows that Sir Edward is a rogue and is not privy to his felicitations.

We’re also introduced to Miss Lambe with the fortune: £100,000 which in today’s market is worth $10M USD.

(Kristin and I were comparing Caroline Enys, from Poldark, fortune of £200,000 which makes her worth about $20M USD in today’s money. These women are not broke.)

The viewer is left to wonder, however, her connection to Sidney Parker is since there were some tense words at the ball. Is Sir Edward going to make a play to Miss Lambe or remain the rake that he already is? Are we ever going to learn what Sidney’s past is tainted with (a woman, it’s always a woman)? Will Lady Denham live forever? What was Clara ensuing when she mentioned to Charlotte (I think the viewer got it (Sir Edward was abusive towards her)) but will Charlotte understand what that means?

There isn’t an Andrew Davies production I haven’t liked so I’m sure I’ll adore this show. He’s left a lot open to speculation (see above) so it is with great curiosity to see how he approaches the open plot lines and I hope to dear god we were not seeing Sir Edward flirt with his sister!

Until next week!

Sanditon Podcast: What to Expect in Season Two

I know most of us are eagerly looking forward to season two of Sanditon which is set to begin in March! Masterpiece has put together three podcasts, recorded by the creative team, to give viewers an insider’s look on what is upcoming,

You can find Masterpiece Theater’s podcast on iTunes | Stitcher| RadioPublic or by clinking on the link below.

Transcripts are available.

Jane Austen and Bronte Movies Currently Streaming For October 2021

Note: Some Amazon videos have “This video is currently unavailable
to watch in your location” for some of the shows. This means that Amazon has pulled the video from their collection but I’m keeping the link incase it comes back.

Acorn

Britbox

HBOMax

Hulu

Netflix

PBS

Amazon Prime

Amazon Purchase