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She's easy to love. Everything about Anne — her disposition, her gender, her age, her provenance — is a rarity for acclaimed television: Tony Soprano, Don Draper, Walter White and the rest of the anti-hero litany are infamously challenging to love, while Anne's appeal is as plain as the freckles on her face.
When I mention to Walley-Beckett that Anne is a straightforwardly winning character, her initial reaction is to defend her as if from an undermining charge.
I was extremely drawn to what it meant to be an orphan in that time, what it meant to not belong, what it meant to be derided and abused and maintain [Anne's] forthright, determined optimism. Moira Walley-Beckett, writer and co-producer Walley-Beckett is hoping that Anne With an E will be meaningful to children, and especially young women, but she is very explicit about refusing to pander to them.
On a wintry day on the outskirts of Toronto, inside an exacting historical recreation of an s Prince Edward Island farmhouse — itself within an old gum factory — strings of apples, cut carefully into rings, appear to be drying above a cast-iron stove.
Oatmeal-coloured laundry rest on a rack beside it. Canned fruits, baskets of parsnips, brussels sprouts and russet potatoes are among the fare in a fully stocked pantry.
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Dark wood desks are filled with letters ready to be mailed, addressed using quill and ink. Outside the green front door and small porch, the earth is red.
Crushed bricks have been rolled out over the existing concrete like a rusty red carpet, the colour of the iron-rich sandstone soil of Prince Edward Island. Anne With an E was filmed briefly on Prince Edward Island but has spent the majority of its six-month shoot at two locations in Ontario: At the farmstead, the crew painted and stripped the barn; turned its main floor into a hayloft; sank its electric wires underground; fenced in the paddock; added a porch, a roof and an attic onto the farmhouse; and planted a tall tree — now dead but stapled with a smattering of autumnal leaves — just outside, so Anne would have the cherry tree mentioned in the novel to stare at reverently from her bedroom window.
Walley-Beckett, who has lived in Los Angeles for the last two decades but was born and raised in and around Vancouver, is meticulous in the way of many accomplished creative people, whose imaginations are matched only by a fanatical patience for detail work. She is so devoted to giving Anne what she called a "documentary feel" that she assured me the potatoes in Marilla's pantry were period-accurate.
They were smaller than supermarket behemoths but otherwise unremarkable. She insisted on making room in the budget for a three-metre-long burbling creek, built behind a schoolhouse also constructed from scratch, because the novel mentions that Anne and her fellow students put their milk bottles in a brook to "keep it cool and sweet until the dinner hour", an evocative detail Walley-Beckett said she "couldn't do without".
Yet, on this morning, Walley-Beckett is settled into a director's chair inside Matthew Cuthbert's bedroom, full of the period, right-angled wood furniture that hurts your back just to look at it, watching as Amybeth McNulty, the year-old Irish actor who plays Anne, films a scene that cannot be found anywhere in the novel. Walley-Beckett wrote all seven scripts for Anne herself, and tells me with no little pride that she was "almost completely off book".
To flesh out what she hopes will be an at-least hour series, she filmed new histories for Matthew and Marilla that explain how they wound up emotionally remote and unmarried; re-imagined one of the novel's many spinsters as one-half of a long Boston marriage; conjured an entire character, the Cuthberts' young farmhand, Jerry, from a few of Montgomery's sentences; sent Marilla to a progressive parenting group in which "feminism" is complimentarily defined; raised Anne's age from 11 to 13; and accentuated Anne's abusive upbringing while taking countless other liberties with the plot.
A scene from Credit: She looks on as, in the scene, Anne both lets loose her imagination and is brought up painfully by her past. Perched on a tabletop, Anne stares into a pewter plate as if it were a mirror, imagining herself to be a Princess Cordelia, talking to her servant Griselda about a new ball gown.
How awful it would be to be in service to people who neglect you and treat you unkindly. I imagine it would make you feel quite small and hopeless and occasionally despairing and sometimes lacking in confidence.
I wonder if those feelings ever go away. Oh, this is the most tragical thing that ever happened to me! Orphaned at three months, Anne spends years of her life working: When Mr Hammond dies, Anne is sent back to an orphanage.
Anne develops her much-heralded imagination visualising a playmate in a bookcase's only surviving plate-glass front, so lonely she can find a friend only in her own dim reflection. All these details appear in the book, but Montgomery treats them with such a light touch that they often come to adult re-readers as a surprise, an unexpectedly painful subtext they may not have noticed as children.
Walley-Beckett makes it manifest. In Anne With an E, Anne is constantly remembering her abuse, filmed in jerky, tightly framed, intentionally disorienting flashbacks of, for example, Mr Hammond's dying of a heart attack while beating her with his belt.
Crying babies cause her to recall Mrs Hammond sneeringly describe her as a "miserable piece of trash". When she realises that the Cuthberts do not intend to keep her, instead of exclaiming, "Tragical! Anne's imagination and bottomless energy are clearly presented in the television series as coping mechanisms, a frantic and resourceful means of keeping upsetting memories at bay. To get a further sense of her typical interests: Anne still, for example, smashes a writing slate over the head of her future husband, Gilbert Blythe, when he has the temerity to call her "Carrots", but this is no longer foreplay; it's the culmination of many weeks of bullying, including by an older boy who calls her a "talking dog" because she is an orphan.
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Anne's transformations are easy to see as part of a trend in TV and film, one in which suffering has become indistinguishable from gravitas and even the most cheerful superheroes come complete with psychological baggage.
In a world where Superman no longer smiles, Archie Andrews is an ennui-filled singer-songwriter and Belle's mother in Beauty and the Beast tragically dies of the plague, of course Anne has post-traumatic stress disorder.
But this new interpretation of Anne also treats a young, female character with the attention and focus often reserved for difficult men and the perversions of their machismo. In emphasising Anne's past, Walley-Beckett may be roughing up a sunny tale, but she is also insisting that a plucky year-old girl is as worthy a subject as anyone. Maybe you can even picture it, braided into pigtails, sticking out from underneath an unfortunate straw hat, as when Matthew first sets eyes on her.
In the s, red hair was a symbol of witchiness, ugliness, passion. Anne's hair immediately establishes her as an outsider. Anne wants nothing so much as to be rid of it. Not only does she wish for her hair to turn a more dignified auburn, she also tells her best friend, Diana Barry, "I'd rather be pretty than clever.
She loves pretty things, because she has had none, and swoons over cherry blossoms, an amethyst brooch and the possibility of one day having a stylish dress with puffed sleeves, which sensible Marilla refuses to make for her. Caitlin Cronenberg If Anne of Green Gables were written today, it is easy to imagine that over the course of the book, Anne would come to learn that none of these externalities matter: Instead, in the novel, her hair mellows to the coveted auburn, and Matthew, in a moment of tremendous fatherly kindness, gives her a dress with puffed sleeves.
Rather than dispense the message that it's only what's on the inside that counts, Anne of Green Gables conveys something more nuanced, that beauty can be a pleasure, that the right dress can improve your life — all things that adults know to be true, sometimes, but that we try to simplify for our children.
The book, in a manner that is rare for young-adult novels even now, is a celebration of Anne's intelligence, which is ultimately cherished by her adoptive parents, her community and her future partner, Gilbert — who is also her closest academic rival and who, instead of being threatened by Anne's brain, admires her for it.
Yet at the end of Anne of Green Gables, Anne quits college and returns to the farm to care for an ailing Marilla, never becoming the writer she wanted to be as a child. This is, perhaps, a disappointing ending and one that presages a string of follow-up novels in which Anne eventually becomes muted by family lifebut it is an honest one: And as long as my mother doesn't find out. I have to get back; she'll be suspicious. Wilt thou give me a lock of thy jet black tresses?
But I don't have any black dresses.
I have to go. Farewell, my beloved friend. Henceforth we must be strangers living side by side, but my heart will be ever faithful to thee. It is a little different in the movie.
Diana is much more interesting in the movie. Hey, Anne, how do you spell freckle?
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Hey, Josie, how do you spell ugly? Or remark or question if you want to be technical. Diana Barry is the most loyal girl in the world. Is this why Diana is such a good friend? Because she is so loyal? So what is it? Yup that's what I said.
All I know is that they do.
Now before I go any further let me say that I do not believe in love at first sight. For some reason unknown to us certain people belong together. And when they see each other or read each other's blog posts something happens. And I'm not talking about this. Sorry but I couldn't help it. Give me some credit. Anne met Diana and knew that they were destined to be friends. Through a jump on a bed.
And through a haunted wood.