Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Emma movie

Emma (1972)
BBC TV mini-series - 6 episodes
my 1st viewing

Director: John Glenister
Writer: Denis Constanduros
Based on book: by Jane Austen
Rating: 3

Doran Godwin plays Emma Woodhouse
John Carson plays Mr. Knightley

Now that SteamPink week has ended, I am back to blogging for Jane in June. You'll get at least one post a day on something Jane-ish.

Just to recap. For most of this month I will be reviewing a DVD set of BBC TV mini-series of Jane's six published works. The tv series format provides more details than what you would see in a 2-hour movie. However, the special effects, costumes and scenery may not be as great or limited.

I will also just give my blips and bloops about my watching and it will be on the premise that you all know the basic storyline.

A blip:

Hubby thought Emma was despicable. I thought so too for the first 3 episodes. This Emma was not like the light-hearted, fun, character portrayed in the Gwyneth Paltrow movie version in 1996. The 1972 Emma came across really manipulative which was an ugly Emma to me.

Instead of this Emma and Knightley...

A bloop:

I was really taken by...

Ania Marson plays Jane Fairfax
Robert East plays Frank Churchill

Jane had certain outbursts which were odd but very interesting and very telling in the side story of Jane and Frank. This really got me interested in her. I am looking forward to reading my copy of Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken and find out more about her and her backstory.


* image source Emma and Knightley and Jane

* part of my Jane in June

* make sure to check out the main site for Book Rat's - Jane in June for all the reviews, interviews and giveaways galore!!!


  1. I love these old Austen adaptions. Donald Eccles is my favorite Mr. Woodhouse. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the other films - the 70's Mansfield Park and Persuasion are actually my very favorite versions of these stories available.

  2. Looks like a show I would have enjoyed, though I don't get the BBC anymore. :-(

  3. We've enjoyed the BBC for years - although along the lines of Monty Python, Dr. Who, Mr. Bean, etc - so I'm horribly unfamiliar with the Austen adaptations :(

    On a more positive note, I can look forward to reading your 'Jane' posts to familiarize myself with Austen's characters :)

    Who knows what I've been missing all these years lol

  4. I didn't watch this one yet! I'll have to get the dvds!>_<

  5. I haven't watched this version. I thought the recent Romola Garai - Jonny Lee Miller version was quite good though :)

  6. I've been thinking about reading that book too. I want to know more about Miss Fairfax :)

  7. Jane Fairfax was an okay book . . I have it. If you lived closer I'd let you borrow it! I still need to watch these old BBC Austen classics one of these days!

  8. I haven't seen ANY of the olderer (70's, maybe even 80s and under) versions. I can't get past bad lighting and hair. But I think I'm going to make myself for next years JnJ.

    I will be snippeting this soon...


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