Mansfield Park (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1999Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Corporation, HAL Films, Miramax.  Screenplay by Patricia Rozema, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Patricia Rozema directs this adaptation of Jane Austen’s dark novel, which also features plot elements taken from Austen’s letters and diaries.   makes a star of herself as Fanny Price, who is taken from a life of poverty and installed in her uncle’s giant mansion. The usual Austentatious complications ensue, with people about to marry the wrong people, others getting in the way, followed by the suitably happy ending. Rozema’s camera is free-spirited and light in touch, giving the film a searing modern edge that is very refreshing. Not as brilliant or polished as Sense and Sensibility or as lush as Douglas McGrath’s Emma, it is nevertheless a very welcome addition to the Austen film family collection. Playwright and screenwriter  appears as Fanny’s stern uncle Sir Thomas Bertram, with playing two roles as Fanny’s mother and aunt to perfection.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1999

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