Northanger Abbey (1986) short review


I really wish someone would do an updated (film) version of this Austen book — it’s the only one not to be remade in the 1990s, so we’re stuck with this BBC miniseries version [edited to add: except now there’s a better version, from 2007!].  It’s unfortunately pretty dated looking, the actress who plays Catherine never really yanks my chain, and it’s over-the-top in its interpretations of Catherine’s horror novel reading-inspired fantasies.  Worth a watch, but barely.


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

2 Responses

  1. Jill

    This was a decidedly weird film but it does have one cool wardrobe thing no other film does–a scene with people in bathing attire actually IN the baths. In Bath. Not in the book, but interesting, nonetheless.