Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane

  Most people know the English novelist Jane Austen of boring school lessons or seminars at the university. Moreover, there is a prejudice that the person Jane Austen as honest, dusty, old maid who taught the 18th century, after all, she was never married. With these prejudices, the film Becoming Jane cleans thoroughly. Jane Austen was a loving wife, caricatured in their well-known works, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Emma” with fine irony, the Boniertheit of the educated elite of their time. She suffered all her life in a failed relationship with the Irishman Tom Lefroy, her true love. This relationship is central to the tragi-comedy Becoming Jane.

At the age of 20 years of the same age Jane Austen-loving Irishman Tom Lefroy gets to know and love. But both come from a poor family and a love match would have a social ostracism of the two results. Money ruled alone from these classes and estates system dominated world. Mr. and Mrs. Austen are aware of this fact only too clearly. They want for their daughter a well-heeled and wealthy husband. In the staid aristocrats Mr. Wisley, who is the nephew of wealthy Lady Gresham, is the perfect candidate ready. But Jane defends itself with all means against a marriage for financial reasons. She believes in a world beyond class and monetary ramifications. Jane wants to marry for love and has chosen to just the young Irishman Tom Lefroy. This is a lawyer in training, good looking, smart and poor. From the first encounter crackles between the two. The young rake finds in Jane’s precocious talent and their wild independence, more than he ever dared to hope. The paths of the two cross each other more often and eventually they fall in love. But they are under constant scrutiny and have a whole society against itself. The entire family of Jane Austen’s warning about the possible consequences of a relationship. Lady Gresham followed the events with cool anger, and Mr. Wisley holds stubbornly to his hopes for a marriage with Jane. Tom gets under social pressures. His uncle, Judge Langlois, the conservative and frigid, personally and financially invested in some way his nephew, and will not stand idly by, as Tom puts these investments by a scandalous marriage in jeopardy. Jane and Tom finally remains only to flee for her love to save. . .

With naturalistic images, the viewer is introduced to the world of Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway). Austen’s family lives in a modest parish in the village of Steventon, where Mr. Austen (James Cromwell) works as a pastor. The Austen are poor, grow their own vegetables and keep animals in order to be able to support themselves. The family live crowded together in confined spaces. In contrast to this realistic world, we see Jane Austen as she sits at a desk and writes. With passion she brings spirited letters and words on paper. But Jane’s writing talent is living in contrast to the barren, realistic world in which Austen. The film omitted almost entirely on the romantic ambience, in which are embedded the characters of Jane Austen. Just as Tom enters into the life of Jane, also reflects the environment, the romantic feelings of the two again heated battle of words in a nearby grove, a dance at a ball, joyful cricket matches and a very sensible discussion of literature in the library. The closer to Tom and Jane to come, the more the romantic element of the movie is. The naturalistic realism, however, dominates the society and shows how it was: anti-pleasure and puritanical. Director Julian Jarrold has succeeded in a realistic and truthful to create the world that thrives on diversity: the rural Hampshire in comparison to the energetic London, the budget of Austen’s warm compared to the supercooled atmosphere at Lady Gresham and the change of Jane’s youthful insouciance. Anne Hathaway plays the role of Jane Austen in perfect sensual restraint. It has enough space for their performance, which also works very energetic, youthful, defiant and tragic. Even James McAvoy as Tom Lefroy convincingly plays the role of adolescent daredevil to the romantic lover of Jane. The two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith in the role of the supercooled Lady Gresham perfectly embodies the honest Puritanism of the time.

Becoming Jane is a successful tragi-comedy about growing up by Jane Austen. Not only Jane Austen fans and Anglisten be in the film have their joy. The film offers a lot of melodrama. Even friends of the screwball comedy to come through the verbal wit in the dialogue and the dry humor at their expense.

(Markus Fritsch)

Title: Becoming Jane Original Title: Becoming Jane Country of production: USA Year of production: 2007 Length: 120 (min) of material: Concorde Film Distribution

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