Ichabod is itchy

September 14, 2006

Films for comfort

Filed under: film — by ichabodisitchy @ 7:18 pm

It’s been a bit of a strange week. I’m back at work and getting on with the normal routine, but it seems a little surreal, and everything seems just a little bit trivial…

I spent the first few days trying to keep my mind off things (I’m a real ostrich sometimes– just bury my head in the sand and hope that things will go away eventually…). Well, I couldn’t concentrate for long enough to read much, and didn’t have enough energy to do any gardening (which has become my latest hobby), so decided to watch a movie. And somewhat amazed myself when I stood in front of our (extensive) dvd collection by choosing Pride & Prejudice– the 5.5 hour BBC version that I’ve watched twice before. And I sat down and watched all five and half hours of it and enjoyed every minute of it as much as I had the first time. I don’t know why, but it is such a comforting film– the equivalent of banana custard comfort food. Every time I watch it, I get indignant at the snub Darcy gives Lizzie when they meet, cringe at Mrs Bennet’s social faux pas, laugh at the ridiculous Mr. Collins, feel sorry for poor Jane at being cut off from Mr. Bingley, pray that this time Lydia won’t be seduced by the wicked Wickham– and all the while fall slowly in love with Mr Darcy. I’m always left wuth a warm fuzzy feeling by the end.

If you haven’t watched it, I can assure you it’s worth every penny 🙂



  1. I agree, it is an excellent version. Much less hurried than the KK remake, and more like Austen (as the remake was all told from the point of view of Elizabeth).

    I can also highly recommend the (fairly) recent Bleak House, now out on DVD. It is even longer than P&P, but totally compelling in that “comfort food” way — also scripted by Andrew Davies.

    take care, Sian.
    All best
    Maxine (also victim of a dead computer!)

    Comment by Web editor — September 15, 2006 @ 3:39 pm |Reply

  2. Absolutely delicious on a cold winters afternoon with a large bar of chocolate. My dear Mr Darcy….

    Comment by Minx — September 15, 2006 @ 7:48 pm |Reply

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