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In my opinion this DVD is a must see for any little girl and her mother as it truly is a very delightful story, an absolute classic that will never get old with time.
It is based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
It is about an orphan, Anne who goes to live in Green Gables, Avonlea, on Prince Edward island with an old lady and her brother. Anne is played terrificly well by the Canadian actress Megan Follows and has the well renound actress Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla Cutherbert. Megan has perfect red hair just like Anne does in the book. I haven't really seen her in much after this, she is not much older but this will always be her defining role.
The films basically follow Anne as she grows up and all the trials and tribulations of being an orphan, having to act politely in grown up situations and the fact that she does not like her red hair! Each of the storylines is quite PG but that is the beauty of this story, it is set in a time when things were different and children had respect for their elders although Anne did like to push the boundaries when it came to this.
As the story progresses and it moves on in time it also follows the love story between her and Gilbert Blythe.
It is set in a truly wonderful time, of innocence and will really make you teary eyed in places.
The scenery is breathtaking and Prince Edward Island is somewhere I have always wanted to visit after watching these DVD's over and over again. The costumes are also amazing, especially Anne's puffed sleeve ball dress that Matthew buys for her (a touching moment in the DVD's)
A DVD that you will watch over and over again and will make you fall in love with Anne.
Everytime I hear someone mention "Anne of Green Gables" I instantly remember my childhood. It's so rare nowadays for the current generation of children to be interested in movies based on literature without violence, sex, or action. This should be an outrage since there is so much to be gained from great pieces of older literature. My dearest hope is that some younger ones out there get to experience the wonder and story of Anne Shirley.
If your not familiar with this movie trilogy or the books, let me help you understand in a brief summary. Anne Shirley is an orphan in the early 1900's who gets adopted (quite by accident) by an old spinster woman and her bachelor brother. She's full of imagination and kindness in the midst of being mistreated as a child. Her love of life and sometimes overdramatic personality wins her new adopted family over.
During her young teenage years on Prince Edward Island in Canada, she shows her entire town of Avonlea how intelligent, free-spirited, and ambitious she is. She also has begins a strained relationship with a local boy named Gilbert Blythe, who has offended her by making fun of her hair. (She's constantly upset over her red hair). Her best friend Diana, who lives nearby, is a perfect compliment to her sometimes eccentric behavior.
The scenary on Prince Edward Island shown in these movies is beautiful. Her house which is called "Green Gables" is a picturesque "white picket fence" type farm house. It almost makes you want to buy a ticket to Canada to see if it really exists.
I feel the most important fact to point out here is the acting. It's simply , superb. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert ( her adopted "parents"), are are pefect combination with they're simple , quiet, and shy ways. Anne's relationship with Matthew is tearjerking because almost right away, Matthew is so taken with her. He really does make her feel like she is his own child in his own extremely shy way. Believe me, if you don't cry at several points in the first movie of this trilogy, you are heartless! =)
The first movie takes you through Anne and her childhood through around the age of 17. The second which is just entitled " Anne of Green Gables The Sequel" shows Anne from 17 to 18 . During this time, she's a Teacher in a larger town some ways away from Avonlea. She meets an older, dashing, wealthy man of one of her students. I won't tell you what happens since that is one of the movies surprizes. Also in this mix now is the old schoolboy she grew up with named Gilbert, who is in love with her, but she refused since she thinks she only loves him as a brother.
The third movie is a complete turn since it was made over 10 yrs later from the sequel , and takes place during World War I. The story here though, was gripping, and really made you see what the war was like and how difficult it really was. You still see all the old characters, and how Anne has matured and her love for ******(the man she ends up with=). She travels all the way to England to search for her husband who is missing in action.
All these movies, Anne of Green Gables, The Sequel , and The Continuing Story, are so much fun. Children around the age of 7 and up will enjoy the first one. While children more around the age of 10 and up would enjoy the 2nd. The third and final film, is maybe more for 13 and up b/c of some of the wartime violence etc... In all honesty though, I still watch these as an Adult and appreciate them MUCH more now. Whenever it's a snow day, or when i'm sick, I put these movies in and almost instantly feel soothed and happy.
I do realize these are total 'chick flicks" =), and so what? Us chicks love our girly movies. If you want your father, husband, boyfriend or any man to clear a room, put these movies in...hahh!
This is an absolutely captivating story from start to finish. Little Anne is unloved unwanted as an orphan, only of use as an unpaid servant and baby-sitter to her adoptive family. Things come to a head one day and her adoptive father dies, her adoptive mother no longer wants her as she is just another mouth to feed. So she is back to an unwanted orphan. A mix up means that she is adopted to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a brother and sister who were looking for a boy to run their farm and home up into their old age. Matthew however cannot resist taking Anne back home and Marilla is disappointed and wants Anne to return. But Anne's charm wins her over and Anne stays. The story then follows Annes scrapes and adventures which have comical results. She becomes best friends with Diana and together they get into all sorts of mischief. Gilbert is the apparent thorn in Anne's side from the very start. this is absoutely a fantastic story. I have yet to add it to my own dvd collection, I have it on video! But it is out of stock just now! :-(