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Anglophile Musings with Lady Elyse

First Impressions on Persuasion

Persuasion 2022 inspired a lot of criticism from the moment the first still photos were released. When the trailer dropped the reactions from the Jane Austen purists (of which I am one, in my own way) ranged from curiosity to … Continue reading

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PBS SoCal Celebrates Sanditon

To say that my local PBS stations have been influential in opening up my world would be an understatement. I watched spellbound since I was a child. After Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was over, the television stayed tuned … Continue reading

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Spencer

The Anglophile Channel Reviews “Spencer” By Elyse Ashton The controversy about the film Spencer is raging before it even opens on November 5th.. I was invited to attend a screening last night in Hollywood followed by a q&a session with … Continue reading

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Ten Crazy Reasons Why The Jane Austen Society Should Be Your Summer Comfort Read.

1. Because you might be a mess. I’ll freely admit it. I’m a sad, jittery, absolute mess right now. The world has no compassion on my poor nerves.  I cry at the drop of a hat. But take heart! All … Continue reading

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Top 25 Reasons Why You MUST See Emma

You Must See Emma If… 1. You understand this is an adaptation of Jane Austen and will take liberties so you are able to relax and enjoy it. 2. You need to be transported in a world so beautifully Regency … Continue reading

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Come Home To Downton Abbey

The long awaited Downton Abbey movie may add a new catch phrase to the English language: the Molesley Moment. Many of us have experienced a Molesley Moment, when we are so overtaken by emotion that our words or actions supersede all good … Continue reading

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Why An Anglophile Should See “The Death Of Stalin”.

I see your quizzical brow. But, please, hear me out. This Anglophile was over the moon to attend a special premiere screening of “The Death Of Stalin” at the gloriously ornate Theatre at Ace Hotel last night where a live … Continue reading

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The Importance Of Being Earnest At Madeline Garden

The Importance of Being Earnest has long been my favourite comedy. The clever 413 Project Theater has found a way to make Oscar Wilde’s most enchanting play even more tempting. They combine the show with a formal tea in a … Continue reading

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Review: Victoria & Abdul

“Victoria & Abdul” is a tricky film. It’s excellent, no doubt, but is also thought provoking in ways which one might find unexpected. Once the credits rolled I heard members of the audience asking each other how they liked it. … Continue reading

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On Pleasure Bent Again: Amba Hotel Charing Cross

By Elyse Ashton I’ve been a guest at a lot of hotels in London and yet had never had that ONE hotel which was the “must stay”. I was looking for that place that felt like a home away from … Continue reading

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