Persuasion (1995) short review


Hands down my favorite Austen film — this just gets it RIGHT in terms of character, mood/tone, story, costumes, sets, everything.  GO SEE IT RIGHT NOW.  I never fail to cry at the big climax, Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds are PERFECT as the lead characters, and it’s just a joy to watch.  Notice especially how Mrs. Musgrove, when at home in the country, wears more 1780s-ish clothing (straight front corsets, longer waists), than the other characters or when she’s in Bath.  I love touches like that!


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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.

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  1. Tamara

    Totally agree about the 95 Persuasion. Costumes are great. The only mix up is the use of naval uniforms when such wouldn’t have been allowed to be worn as shown in the movie. This is proven in Mansfield Park when William cannot wear his uniform for Fanny to see. It is corrected in the next Persuasion movie (which is otherwise underwhelming). I love the messy hair on the Musgrove girls and the less than perfect clothes worn in relaxing moments. It shows a realism missed in many period movies.


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