knowing you by heart [my favorite fictional fathers & daughters] ↪ Ralph and Sara Crewe,A Little Princess
[Captain Crewe] got out of his bed in the middle of that night and went and stood looking down at Sara, who lay asleep with Emily in her arms. … He drew a big sigh and pulled his mustache with a boyish expression.
“Heigh-ho, little Sara!” he said to himself “I don’t believe you know how much your daddy will miss you.”
The next day he took her to Miss Minchin’s and left her there. He was to sail away the next morning. … He would write to Sara twice a week, and she was to be given every pleasure she asked for.
Then he went with Sara into her little sitting room and they bade each other good-by. Sara sat on his knee and held the lapels of his coat in her small hands, and looked long and hard at his face.
“Are you learning me by heart, little Sara?” he said, stroking her hair.
“No,” she answered. “I know you by heart. You are inside my heart.” And they put their arms round each other and kissed as if they would never let each other go.
“I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny, old attics. Even if they dress in rags. Even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princess, all of us. Didn’t your father ever tell you that?”
fter helming two Hollywood productions that focused on the process of growing up—an imaginative adaptation of the children’s novel A Little Princess (1995) and a modern-day spin on Dickens’s Great Expectations (1998)—Cuarón returned to Mexico to make an altogether more explicit kind of coming-of-age film. In Y tu mamá, two horny adolescents (Diego Luna and Gabriel García Bernal) decide to escape their native Mexico City, along the way picking up a mysterious married woman (Maribel Verdú) with whom they form an increasingly intense erotic and emotional bond. Both a critical and box-office sensation, the film not only confirmed Cuarón as one of Mexico’s most exciting contemporary auteurs, it also launched Luna and Bernal to international stardom and helped crystallize the hovering handheld style that cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki would take to dazzling new heights in his later bigger-budget collaborations with the director.
I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn’t he?
If you are ever feeling down about yourself… WATCH IT. Is one of my favorites that I grew up with though I never owned it… I need to fix that because I still don’t own it. Only the soundtrack. I love this movie with all my heart and it does the book justice, just like The Secret Garden movie and Black Beauty. Both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess movies stir my heart and brings me close to tears. LOVE THEM. ~Note: It probably helps that TSG and ALP were written by the same author, Frances Hodges Burnett!
(Yes, Joe is the same actor for Dickon <3)
PS. The relationship between Sarah and her father totally inspires my two characters, Alphonse and Irene’s relationship. Daddy’s little girl… PFFF <3 I swear, these movies were done so well, I wish more recent book to movie adaptions were done as beautifully!
Girls, grab some popcorn, tissues and a sobbing buddy to curl up on the couch to watch these classics!!
hi! what are some of your favorite period drama pieces?
Emma (2009): God-tier. The best Austen adaptation. The best Austen hero. I die every time.
Pride and Prejudice (2005): Obviously. I prefer the movie to the series, but if you’re looking for straight up accuracy and exhaustive detail, BBC is the way to go
Room With a View (1985): Good vibes af. EM Forster is a gem. (I haven’t seen Maurice, yet, but if you like this check out that movie. Also Maurice is Gay, so.)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015): Regency era magic English history AU. Kinda different from the book, but still very good.
A Little Princess (1995): Alfonso Cuaron directed this movie. I haven’t seen it for a while, but I remember doing some interesting things with race and colonialism. It’s really sweet, though I remember the end departing from the book somewhat.
Wuthering Heights (2011): Okay, so I have a Lot of opinions on the failure of the film/TV industry to adapt Wuthering Heights properly, but this movie at least makes Heathcliff a person of color (FINALLY) and captures the tone perfectly. If you’re looking for an adaptation of the complete novel, the 1992 movie isn’t too bad.
Jane Eyre(2011): It’s Jane Eyre. The movie is really pretty. The 2006 version is pretty popular, but I’ve never seen it.
Marie Antoinette (2006): The French Revolution with a rad soundtrack
North & South (2004): Pride and Prejudice but with northern accents and a lot more death.
Atonement (2007): I saw this movie when it came out and I’ve been fucked up ever since
Belle (2013): Admittedly, I haven’t seen this but I know I’m gonna like it
Turn (2014): Pretty white, but if you’re at all into the American Revolution, this is a good series. Ben Tallmadge is h*t.
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013): Jane Austen fanfic; murder mystery AU. Fun but don’t take it too seriously.
Mansfield Park (1999): Okay, I actually do Not like Mansfield Park At All, but Jonny Lee Miller is in this and I think it’s the one adaptation that actually makes Austen’s discussion of race and Empire in the novel explicit.
Shakespeare in Love (1998): Is cheesy af, but fun especially if you’re into Shakespeare
I’ve heard relatively good things about Fingersmith and The Handmaiden (which is based off the Sarah Waters book), but I haven’t seen either yet.
the one scene in whole cinema that makes me sob every.single.time this is one of my favorite movie of all time and it’s really close to my heart. Fun fact: It was made by the same director as Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón
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