Jane Austen's Northanger AbbeyDVD - 2008
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wendybird May 14, 2010
A gentle, thoughtful treatment of Austen's novel. While not as strong as some British costume drama, it is nontheless a pleasant enough journey. A younger Carey Mulligan does a lovely turn in one of the supporting roles, demonstrating why she has been snatched up by Hollywood.
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Henry Tilney: I have to say, there is a kind of vampirism. No, let's just say that all houses have their secrets, and Northanger is no exception.
Jane Austen: "To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of 26 and 18 is to do pretty well. Catherine and Henry were married, and in due course the joys of wedding gave way to the blessing of a christening. The bells rang and everyone smiled. No one more than so than Eleanor, whose beloved's sudden ascension to title and fortune finally allowed them to marry. I leave it to be settled whether the tendency of this story be to recommend parental tyranny or to reward filial disobedience."
Henry Tilney to Catherine Morland: Let me instead tell you what I said to him. I told him that I felt myself bound to you, by honor, by affection, and by a love so strong that nothing he could do could deter me from...
Any vampires? Don't say vampires. I could bear anything, but not vampires.
Henry Tilney: "...Your imagination may be overactive, but your instinct was true. Our mother did suffer grievously and at the hands of our father. Do you remember I spoke of a kind of vampirism?" Catherine Morland: "Yes." Henry Tilney: "Perhaps it was stupid to express it so, but we did watch him drain the LIFE out of her, with his coldness and his cruelty. He married her for her money, you see. She thought it was for love. It was a long time until she knew his heart was cold. No vampires, no blood. The worst crimes... are the crimes of the heart."
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