A few weeks ago, I bought the BBC Video Jane Austen Collection at Costco. I love Costco finds, and this time I even had a coupon.
I picked out Emma to watch first. This production is a miniseries from 1972, and is 270 minutes long (6 45 minute episodes).
On the one hand, I think it was quite faithful to the novel. I like the book, and so I enjoyed this production. All of the performers did a fine job with their parts. The casting for Harriet Smith and Mr. Woodhouse was particularly good– they were just as I imagined the characters.
On the other hand, I don’t think this production brought anything new to the story for me.
I feel somewhat shallow saying that I found this production dry. It didn’t have a soundtrack, and I missed that. The actors were relatively ordinary looking– I expect a fairly dashing Mr. Knightly, and a good looking (although not necessarily beautiful) Emma. The whole series felt like it had the same (slow) pace.
Jane Austen fans will probably enjoy this version (although perhaps not find it a favorite), but I wouldn’t try to bring anyone new into the fold by watching it.
I viewed this as part of the Everything Austen Challenge. This is the first item (out of 6) that I’ve completed– I’m a little behind schedule, but I’m sure I’ll catch up at some point! I’m currently listening to An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemanfor my next item. Thank you to Stephanie at Stephanie’s Written Word for organizing this challenge.