Feel Good Friday – That Kiss

by admin on April 16, 2010

Lord, how I hate the kiss scene from the 2007 ITV version of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”. Anne looks like a hungry carp rising out of the pool of old maidness with her gaping mouth while Captain Wentworth is surely torturing her by dragging it out. But the following video assuages some of my angst I have.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Chocobo April 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

I’m not sure what the director was thinking in this movie…. and the rest of the movie is really very well done. All in all, I enjoyed it. But even in the 19th century people (when people got excited about ankles) couldn’t have possibly kissed by staring at each other and slightly moving their lips around for what feels like minutes. I know that the intention is to go for a tense and tender first kiss, but it really ends up awkward. Wouldn’t there be a little nose rubbing or facial contact before hand? A hand holding or a hug perhaps? Why don’t we see his face (and emotions) at all? And why is she doing ALL the work?

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geekgirl April 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

The 1995 version, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds is far superior, and has a lovely, touching, tender kiss.

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Mrs. A April 16, 2010 at 9:40 am

It is so funny you posted this! My husband and I ALWAYS crack up at this part and how forever long it takes!
He he he

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phoenix April 16, 2010 at 11:04 am

This made me giggle over my cereal! Thank you for posting this.

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Allison April 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I needed this laugh today!

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Fi April 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Geekgirl beat me to it! If you haven’t seen the 1995 film, watch it. It’s one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen, and even though they still kiss in the street, they do go down a side street (and it’s a beautiful kiss)!

Also, Amanda Root is wonderful as Anne – she could be plain or she could be beautiful. A UK critic, on seeing it, wrote “and I finally understand what ‘speaking eyes’ are”.

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Austenite April 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

In Miss Jane Austen’s England, a man and woman weren’t allowed to kiss in public, at all. Not even at their own wedding! There was no, “You may kiss the bride.” It was too, TOO shocking. And here these two were, standing on a street corner, not even engaged (at least officially), and they’re kissing for all the world to see.

Quite beyond the pale. Hand me my smelling salts, please.

Still, better than the *sitting on a _table_ on the **___balconey___**, in their underwear and kissing* ending to the Keira Knightley version of _Pride and Prejudice_. The servants must have been keeling over in shock, especially that lovely lady-like housekeeper. I doubt very much that Mr. Darcy would sit on a table in the privacy of his own bedroom, let alone on a balconey, and he’d never go on the balconey in his underwear.

The dangers of modern interpretations of classic novels. It was enough flutterpation to have Miss Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth holding hands.

Harumph!

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junebride April 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

And what about PDA–
Public Display of Affection-

Kissing in a public place?!?!?!

Not having seen the movie, I was expecting some old biddy to rush out with an umbrella and break them up.
OR have a laser beam from space blow them up.

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Karen April 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

HAHA!! This is my favorite Austen novel, and I was very excited about this version, but I never liked the actress who played Anne, and Austen would be blushing to her petticoats to think of such wanton behaviour on a public street!

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Louise April 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

She’s leaving…….really long……..spaces………between………words.

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Charlotte June 14, 2010 at 4:48 am

@Austenite
In the UK version of Pride and Prejudice (2005), Elizabeth and Mr Darcy DON’T kiss on-screen. It ends with the scene with Mr Bennet (which I prefer very much because the whole ‘Mrs Darcy’ scene makes me cringe).

I’d forgotten how long Anne and Captain Wentworth’s kiss takes in this version; I remember thinking ‘JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!’ when I saw it for the first time. Love the video.

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