Welcome to the October meeting of the Jane Austen Movie Club! The first Tuesday of every month, Risky Regencies is the place to be for daring discussion and dastardly debate about Jane Austen film and television adaptations!
This month: the 1999 Patricia Rozema film of MANSFIELD PARK.
Discuss any aspect of the film that you like — but, in case it helps to get the dicussion going, here are a few questions you may or may not want to think about:
If you’ve read the novel, what did you think of it? Do you think it would be possible to do an adaptation that (a) is faithful, (b) works cinematically, and (c) is also interesting/pleasing to modern viewers? Why or why not?
Did you think Alessandro Nivola and Embeth Davidtz were well-cast as the Crawfords? Did you find them attractive? Dangerous? Sympathetic?
What did you think of the character of Fanny, and of Frances O’Connor’s performance? If you’ve read the book, what do you think of the changes? If you haven’t, did you like the character? Did she seem true to the period?
What did you think about Jonny Lee Miller as Edmund? Did he seem a good match for Fanny, or did you wish she had someone more strong/manly/perceptive/handsome/anything else?
What did you think of the “feminist” subtext? Do you think the movie Maria was plausibly a victim?
If you’ve read the book, what did you think of the way Rozema turned some characters more “good” or sympathetic (e.g. Tom) or less (e.g. Sir Thomas)? If you haven’t read the book, did you find these characters believable? Did they fit well into the story?
Written & Directed by Patricia Rozema
Fanny Price: Frances O’Connor
Edmund Bertram: Jonny Lee Miller
Tom Bertram: James Purefoy
Maria Bertram: Victoria Hamilton
Julia Bertram: Justine Waddell
Sir Thomas Bertram: Harold Pinter
Mrs. Price/Lady Bertram: Lindsay Duncan
Mrs. Norris: Sheila Gish
Mary Crawford: Embeth Davidtz
Henry Crawford: Alessandro Nivola
Mr. Rushworth: Hugh Bonneville
And if you have any suggestions for what we should discuss next time, suggest away!
All comments welcome!
Cara King, author of MY LADY GAMESTER and Jane Austen movie junkie