domingo, 29 de diciembre de 2013

Artícle! TV Series! Versions from Turkey & Israel & more

Artículo en español

Before finishing this year, we want to tell about versions of the novel which are hardly known. Maybe, because they are not from Hollywood, Bollywood, you will probably don't know about them. They are from Israel and Turkey and they are both modern. We will also talk about other US versions that are hardly known. All have a modern setting.

1. 2003 - Pride and Prejudice, a latter day comedy


Film made by "Mollywood", from Utah (USA) which are mainly mormon. According to the technnical staff, they didn't want to make the film for certain audience but for everyone. And they said Pride and Prejudice was the Star Wars for women. Remember we are on 2003.
The film is a modern vision of the novel, where the Bennets are friends in the College and Darcy is rich man from England. Elizabeth wants to be writer and she feels the pressure to be married. We suppose this pressure, when she's in college yet, is due to her religious beliefs.
The film is not good and some characters are really silly, and the ending is crazy and big and in Las Vegas :O. It was released easily in DVD, at least in Spain, in a moment, where getting the 95s BBC version was an impossible mission.
Well, if you have the patience and you want to see it...just give it a try.

2. Asi - Turkish series - 2007 - 2009


I had heard about a Turkish version but I thought it was a dream, at least today. So when I started writing this article, it appeared in my memores and I looked for it. And yes, there is a Turkish version of the novel. It is a 2 seasons series of 71 chapters in soap opera style.

I have not been able to see it so I will copy part of the summary from Wikipedia.
"The series is set in a rural part of Antakya and revolves around the lives of Asi Kozcuoğlu (Tuba Büyüküstün), and Demir Doğan (Murat Yıldırım), and their respective families.

For three generations, the Kozcuoğlu family owns a prominent plantation in Antakya. Keeping this farm alive is their foremost goal. The owner, Ihsan Kozcuoğlu (Çetin Tekindor), and his daughter, Asi, work and live for their land. Years ago, Demir's mother, Emıne (Elif Sümbül Sert), and aunt, Süheyla (Tülay Günal), were workers on the Kozcuoğlu farm until his mother drowned herself in the nearby river Asi (Orontes). Demir returns to his hometown as a rich businessman. Still embittered about the circumstances that drove his mother to her death, he meets Asi and is immediately drawn to her. However, the lives of the Kozcuoglu family and Demir's family bear more connections from the past that constantly seem to get in between. These secrets gradually start to shatter when Süheyla also returns to Antakya."

It sounds completely soap opera....but I guess some of you would like to give it a try or a look. The credits are total soap opera epic!!
Anyway, if they say this is Pride and Prejudice...

3. גאווה ודעה קדומה - How to be Israeli - 2009

Modern version from some years ago, where Lizzy is Alona, a passionate lover of her town Galilee, who sees the arrival of a high-tech officer, Nimrod, from Tel-Aviv and his best friend, Omar Ben-Gal. Contrary to what she wants, she ends up calling  his attention after a weekend in which everything goes backwards. But Nimrod also feels problems because he feels hopelessly attracted to an older woman, who is raising a teenage daughter.

As you see in this case, as in Bride and Prejudice, it is the difference in mentality where they have problems, as well as Nimrod, Darcy, being attracted to someone older, so economic difference, although existing, is not as "sharp" in Israeli society today.

I have not had a chance to see this version but I got some comments and it was interesting but different from the novel (see,7340,L-7503,00.html

4 - A modern Pride and Prejudice - 2012

A US version, made in Colorado with a low budget. It is written and directed by Bonnie Mae, who's preparing a modern Persuasion too. We don't know anything about this version, but the trailer...and it does not look promising.


Have you seen any of these versions? Do you think there will be more like this?

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