Scarlet Pimpernel #FilmReview #BriFri
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Last week, I wrote about a British story coming out of the Olympics. Sim took us to book shops in Bloomsbury — perfect spots for book bloggers to hang out! Tina reviewed Eye in the Sky (and I’ve already got the DVD in the house from Netflix). Jean finished the recap of her trip to England with a visit to Winchester Cathedral and Jane Austen’s home in Chawton. She also reviewed a book about English — the language, that is. Becky reviewed Unhooked, a novel with some elements of Peter Pan but a dark and dangerous twist.
Taking Becky’s advice, we watched The Scarlet Pimpernel this week. She thought we’d enjoy it after watching the Errol Flynn movie, Captain Blood. Both are mid-1930s films with historic settings. And, she was right!
Leslie Howard had the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel and he had fun with it. His character had to pretend to be an English dandy so that no one suspected that he was really the mastermind behind a series of bold rescues of aristocrats destined for the guillotine during the Reign of Terror in France.
I vaguely knew that The Scarlet Pimpernel was a book, but I was surprised to discover that it was a series begun in 1905 — and written by a woman, British-Hungarian author Emma Orczy. It was a play before it was a book, so this story travels well.
The scratchy sound was a distraction at first, but we got used to it and enjoyed the characters and the intrigue-filled plot. Since The Scarlet Pimpernel was set in Britain and France, I can use this post for double-duty — British Isles Friday today and Dreaming of France on Monday.
Have you seen this movie?
I have not seen this movie but sometimes the oldies are real treats. I will bet my library has this one.
Like you, I vaguely knew it as a book, and nothing else.
Ah – I was weaned on the book! It’s excellent. But it was only recently that I could be bothered to find out a little about Baroness Orczy. In similar vein, you may like to dig out the Dr Syn books by Russell Thorndyke – Dame Sybil’s brother. TTFN!
They don’t come more British than the one I just reviewed – Molly Keane’s Devoted Ladies. A Virago classic https://bookertalk.com/2016/08/19/m-j-farrell/
So glad you enjoyed this one! I was hoping you would. It was recommended to me by one of my best friends 🙂 I was so used to seeing Leslie Howard AS Ashley Wilkes that I had my doubts…until I actually gave it a try.
Joy, I love that your British Isles Friday works for Dreaming of France too. Thanks so much for playing along. It’s probably time for me to revisit The Scarlett Pimpernel too. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme
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