Northanger Abbey

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  • TV-PG
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 5.4  (938)

Northanger Abbey is a period drama film, released in 1987, based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. The story is set in the late 18th century and chronicles the coming-of-age of the young protagonist, Catherine Morland, and her romantic escapades. The film stars Katharine Schlesinger as Catherine Morland, Peter Firth as Henry Tilney, and Robert Hardy as General Tilney. Schlesinger delivers a brilliant performance as Catherine Morland, who is a naïve and imaginative girl from a modest family. She lives in a rural English village and spends most of her time reading gothic novels. Catherine's obsession with gothic literature sets the tone for much of the film, which often plays like a parody of gothic fiction.

The story begins when Catherine is invited by her well-to-do neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, to Bath, the fashionable and bustling city. At Bath, Catherine is drawn into a world of social politics and romantic rivalries, and she falls in love with Henry Tilney, a charming and witty young clergyman. However, her love is thwarted by the disapproval of General Tilney, Henry's father, who is proud and snobbish and disapproves of Catherine's low social status.

Northanger Abbey is a story about the hypocrisies and prejudices of a society deeply rooted in class distinctions. The film portrays the contrast between the rural world of Catherine's childhood and the sophisticated world of Bath. It also depicts the Victorian obsession with moral virtue and decorum. The characters are all brilliantly portrayed, with each actor delivering an excellent performance.

Schlesinger is excellent as Catherine, portraying her with both humor and pathos. Her portrayal of Catherine's innocence and naivety is both endearing and at times, frustrating. Firth is equally impressive as Henry Tilney, who is witty, charming, and above all, a gentleman. Hardy's portrayal of General Tilney is also excellent, playing him as a harsh and unyielding character, who is morally and socially inflexible.

The film's production, set design, and costumes are also first-rate. The sets, in particular, are beautifully crafted, with Bath being depicted in all its splendor, and the English countryside being idyllically portrayed. Overall, the film is a sumptuous and stylish period drama, bringing to life the written world of Jane Austen.

The film's direction is also noteworthy, with Giles Foster ably directing the proceedings. The pacing is excellent, with the drama unfolding at a steady and engaging pace. The film's tone is also impressive, balancing the humor with the drama and romance. The soundtrack is also beautifully composed and adds to the atmosphere and mood of the film.

Overall, Northanger Abbey is a fantastic film, capturing the essence of Jane Austen's writing, and delivering a beautiful and engaging period drama. The performances, production design, and direction are all top-notch, and the film is a must-watch for fans of Austen's work and period dramas in general.

Northanger Abbey is a 1987 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

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    1 hr 29 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.4  (938)