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A very loyal adaption, Ms. Austen would be most diverted,
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This review is from: Mansfield Park [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a fine drama. OK, Fanny comes across as niave to the point of stupifaction and her aunt Bertram as well. However, the plot is absolutely loyal to Miss Austen's novel and the actors convey personalities perfectly. Miss Crawford is delightfully portrayed, as is Aunt Norris. Many bewitching performances can be observed animating the characters in the book.
I watched this on television in the 1980's and loved it then. I still think it a fantastic adaption and couldn't imagine it bettered. As for the newer film version, it is an insult to Jane Austen's very fine novel. A silly and childish modern adaption.
However, this BBC version is a performance to be savoured, not raced through. I give it five marks for sheer entertainment value. Yes, it is a genteel production. But that is surely the greastest of honours to the author's memory. Why anyone is looking for a "rip-roaring' form of entertainment in so sedate, cultivated and civilised a novel confuses me. This version will stand the test of time. Many thanks to those who took the time and effort to be so loyal to the original plot.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2008 22:34:58 BDT
This is a review of the 1983 BBC version, not this film!
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