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A production with only TWO problems.....,
This review is from: Mansfield Park [DVD]  (DVD)
... unfortunately these happened to be the name of the film and the names of all the characters!
Mansfield Park is perhaps the most complex of Austen's novels, and certainly one than many readers have difficultly with. The hero and heroine are solid and worthy, but there are those who miss the sparkle of an Emma or a Lizzie Bennet. Nevertheless, it reamins my favourite work.
Without wishing to condemn this as a bad 'film' as it was well done in many respects, I still fail to understand why someone would chose to adapt a classic text, and then change virtually everything about it! Fanny Price is here unrecognisable from Austen's gentle tower of moral strength! If she's wanted to do Lizzy or Emma again I'm sure Austen was quite capable! Romenza has her heroine acting in ways that would make any Regency Lady blush! I'm guessing Jane Austen was just used to sell this film - and this unfortunately put a stop to other adaptations in the pipeline (a new Northanger Abbey for one!).
The classic BBC series with Anna Massey is far superior, if you're looking for something that resembles Austen's novel!