Mansfield Park (1999)
At the age of ten, Fanny Price is sent to live with wealthy relatives in Northampton Shire, leaving her impoverished family behind in Portsmouth. She has always known her debt of gratitude towards her aunt, Lady Bertram, and uncle, Sir Thomas. Her Aunt Norris, however, has always treated her as a servant and the preening Bertram daughters have always reminded her of her status. The youngest son Edmund has been Fanny's constant companion since her arrival at Mansfield Park. The arrival of the sophisticated brother and sister duo from London, Henry and Mary Crawford, sends the Park into a passionate upheaval as the daughters pursue Henry and Edmund is caught up in the rebellious spirit. Only Fanny refuses to fall under their spell. The fate of everyone at Mansfield Park is decided by an unspeakable scandal, and Fanny's patience is rewarded. … More
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Critic Reviews for Mansfield Park
While this version plays somewhat fast and loose with the original story, and even more so with the heroine's character, it is still much more Jane Austen than not.
This Mansfield Park becomes a kind of romanticized gloss -- an imaginative grad-student thesis that melds author and character.
Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park continues Jane Austen's winning streak on film.
Spins the most interesting modern re-interpretation of the Austen canon.
Mansfield Park works because it not only comes from the novel...but also from Austen's letters and journals.
While Mansfield Park doesn't boast the high calibre Hollywood star wattage and gloss of Sense and Sensibility, it offers a more thought-provoking viewpoint.
...busy nothings add up to motion picture somethings in one of the year's most charming films.
Despite such occasional flaws...Mansfield Park is a welcome treat for Austen addicts.
A powerful portrait of a determined young woman's quest to remain true to the vastness of her spirit and soul.
An uneven but ultimately stirring adaptation from Canadian director Patricia Rozema.
Rozema's thoughtful pacing and deliberately modern spin on the tale keep the rot from setting in.
This is merely another attempt at making a high-class art film that can't come close to the spirit of the literary book it is based on.
While die-hard fans of Austen's works might not like the contemporary spin that Rozema has put on this latest adaption, most every other fan of period costume dramas will probably find it to their liking.
This is perhaps not Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, but Jane Austen would have probably recognized most of it and would have been amused by the rest.
In this provocative, revisionist adaptation of Jane Austen's third novel, Canadian writer-director Patricia Rozema gives her 19th century heroine, Fanny Price, much of Austen's own confidant, creative personality.
This incarnation of Fanny may not have been what Austen had in mind, but she surely would have approved, for the injection of attitude and smarts makes Mansfield Park a much more wicked and irresistible social satire...
With its gorgeous cinematography...lovely muted score, and sure-footed performances, especially by Frances O'Connor, Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park sets a new standard for adaptations of Jane Austen's work.
Enough of Austen's witty depiction of British society is preserved to keep the viewer pleasantly occupied.
Rozema is good with actors, and in her hands O'Connor gives us a Fanny who is self-assured without being a feminist caricature.
Rozema's dry wit, effervescent dialogue and contemporary reinterpretations are often a refreshing change from the swoony, soft-peddling style of other Austen adaptations.
Audience Reviews for Mansfield Park
Someone who knows Jane Austen's life and has also an experience of her books or the movies based on them ,can realise one thing for sure , that her novels are also based on her own life ,somehow . But this movie has more realistic elements of her season .Also has more action than other scripts and that makes it believable and attractive. Of course the most attractive is Edmund ( Jonny Lee Miller)lol.
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Maybe the best Jane Austen's adaptation ever made!
This was a really great adaptation..and had a great cast. It was good to see Johnny Lee Miller again. I would recommend watching Sense & Sensability though..it is a bit better.More
Mansfield Park Quotes
- Sir Thomas Bertram:
- What do you distrust?
- Fanny Price:
- His nature, sir. Like many charming people, he conceals an almost absolute dependence on the appreciation of others.
- Sir Thomas Bertram:
- And what is the terrible ill in that?
- Fanny Price:
- His sole interest is in being loved, sir, not in loving.
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