|Vanity Fair BBC miniseries 1998 wins!|
|Natasha Little as Becky Sharp and Frances Grey as Amelia Sedley in Vanity Fair|
|Nathaniel Parker as Rawdon Crawley in Vanity Fair|
|Philip Glenister as William Dobbin in Vanity Fair|
|Vanity Fair 2004 with Reese Witherspoon|
|James Purefoy as Rawdon Crawley and Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair|
I will say that James Purefoy is quite sufficiently yummy as Captain Crawley. Mmmm, mmmm, good. Unfortunately Reese Witherspoon is a bit too likeable to really pull of the anti-heroine Becky Sharp. She is quite beautiful enough and nails the alluring, intelligent, talented part of her personality. She just doesn't make me buy the amoral, manipulative, insincere part which is really the entire point of the story.
|Romola Garai as Amelia Sedley and Rhys Ifans as William Dobbin in Vanity Fair|
|Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rhys Ifans and James Purefoy in Vanity Fair|
In any case, if you haven't seen the 1998 BBC miniseries then you are in for a treat. And if you, like me, bought the Reese Witherspoon version, watch it again for the visual feast. And if you are tempted to read the novel, I believe it is one of the best novels I have ever read, even if it doesn't end as happily as one might like.
By the way, thanks to Charleybrown from Enchanted Serenity of Period Films for her wonderful lists of Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian films which have reminded me of many I want to see again, and many I have yet to see.
P.S. The music score of the 1998 Natasha Little version IS a travesty. Please try to ignore it and enjoy the acting. It's really in need of re-scoring but I'm sure it would be too expensive.