The movie showing (that wintry night) featured a film beloved by few: Northanger Abbey, the unsung Jane Austen flick.
Like janie the magnificent (who introduced me to this film), I have grown to harbor a great fascination and love for Northanger Abbey. There are far too many who fail to love it as they should, and each time I convert another follower I cannot help but rejoice. And so, I have decided to compose a list of reasons to love (the film).
Why I love Northanger Abbey (BBC)
- The male lead's last name is Firth. Peter Firth. No relation to Colin Firth, unfortunately, but this point alone is important enough that I need not go on...(yet I do).
- The theme music is excessively melodramatic. Quite laughable, actually. Not at all fitting for a jane austen.
- There is a horrific saxophone and soprano duet during a nature walk that you just can't miss.
- Peter Firth sings somewhat painfully out of tune, but at least he tries. With his own voice--which is more than most can claim.
- All the actors and actresses are VERY ugly, except for the two leads who are so-so.
- The film was made in the 1980s, with hair to match.
- The male antagonist is super creepy, and far uglier than any other cast member, except possibly for the old guy in the giant yellow wig.
- There is a woman in the ballroom with a beauty spot on her face 1 inch in diameter.
- You can hear Darth Vader breathing in the background sometimes.
- The female lead (often) wears her hair with tight curls poking out onto her forehead that looks like a claw.
- There are daydream sequences (that don't always make sense)!
- The male lead somehow wins the heart of the female lead by insulting her on the sly.
- The male lead wrinkles his nose in one scene, which is positively delightful.
- The male lead goes after the female lead, riding a long long way. She is sought. And all ends happily in Jane Austen fashion. Hurrah!