Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Republic of Pemberley

Here's a fun site for all things Jane Austen. It's chock full of info on the upcoming new version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE starring Keira Knightley.

(Hat tip: Mrs. Happy Housewife.)

The first time I saw a clip from the new version of P&P I was surprised to see a house as recognizable as Chatsworth standing in for Pemberley. Chatsworth, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, is perhaps the most beautiful place I've ever visited, bar none.

It's hard to imagine this new version measuring up to any of the three major preceding versions -- initial trailers looked a bit drab -- but on the other hand it's pretty hard to mess up when the material is Jane Austen. Perhaps the lead actress sharing the same last name as the fictional hero in my favorite Austen production, EMMA, is a good sign :).


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