Sunday, April 10, 2011
Another old UFO finished! I sewed the buttons on my Maddalena cardigan this afternoon while we watched the very very old Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, circa 1938. I thought the movie must have been colorized, but it was filmed in Technicolor. He's wearing a very green outfit. The movie also stars Olivia de Havilland and Claude Rains, who I always enjoy seeing and had forgotten was in this movie.
Anyway, the sweater fits pretty well and I'm happy with it, but I do need to get some tops to wear with it. Luckily, the yarn has a lot of colors in it to choose from.
I also have some pictures of the Belle beret that are better than the ones I tried to take myself while wearing it!
On a cultural note, I recently went to see the new Jane Eyre at the theater, and it was good, but not my favorite adaptation. I didn't object to Rochester being a bit too pretty, but Jane was so listless I was hard pressed to tell why anyone could have been interested in her. However, I loved the costumes and scenery, and there is some good knitting to be seen in the movie if one looks for it. There were little everyday shawls and fingerless gloves and a quite gossamer thing Judy Dench wears. None of which I could find pictures of online, but here are some nice stills from the movie.
My favorite version of all time is the Masterpiece Theatre one with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson. I thought Toby Stephens captured Rochester well; he's got this reputation as a cold, forbidding character but he really never stops talking. Ruth Wilson's Jane has some spirit, and the chemistry between the two of them gives the movie a sensual dimension that is lacking in other versions.
I had to watch this version again after seeing the recent one, and I'm confirmed that it's the best (although I have not seen the one in which George C. Scott plays Rochester and Susannah York Jane--that could be interesting. . .)