Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Basic Summary – An orphan girl navigates her way through life.

I’ll compare this version of Anne of Green Gables to the newest – and equally popular – Anne with an E in a later post separate from both

Anne of Green Gables produced in 1985 follows the plot-line of the first 3 Anne of Green Gables books written by L.M. Montgomery in the early 20th Century. The adaptation has become the most famous and faithful adaptation to the collection of novels and has put any other versions within its shadow, but what has given this version its timeless feel and spread of popularity over roughly 30 years. 

The storyline is kept where it needs to be in the first of the trilogy which is on Anne’s development during her time in Avonlea. Keeping the story focused on Anne helps the popularity of the film. The film has many lessons to be learned potentially from this originally being aired as individual episodes before it came as a collection. There isn’t one overall message to be learned in the 3 hours and 44 minutes, but a variety of ones such as the importance of imagination, learning to accept one’s flaws, and understanding a situation from others point of view.

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By aging up the character to about 14-15 years old, they could address other situations that couldn’t be addressed if she was about 11 years old. They point out the obvious romantic elements between her and Gilbert and the stubbornness of Anne’s personality. 

Though elements could be related to the competitive nature Anne has to being the best, in the end, there isn’t anything left to compete for so the romantic elements are shown.

The first part of this collection – Anne of Green Gables – puts Anne through tough situations for any child to go through such as being an orphan to gaining and subsequently losing that friend because of a misunderstanding all the way to finally losing a family member. Anne doesn’t necessarily have the easiest life, but she continues to be positive about it as much as one can be. The plot-lines are tough for younger audience, but a warm welcome to show younger audience, and even adults, that life isn’t an easy road – there are rough patches and you are never truly ready for it.

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