Mansfield Park (1983)
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Now having seen so many other BBC adaptations of Jane Austen novels made into TV mini-series, I've become rather used to the play-like production quality. The casting - which I now consider perhaps the most important part of a screen adaptation of a book - was a mixed bag. I thought Fanny was very well portrayed, but I never did get used to swarthy Edmund. Henry Crawford was too stiff and had too much of an air of arrogance; he was not at all as easy going as I expected. A fine job was done with Aunt Norris and poor Mr. Rushworth, but Mr. Yates bordered on ridiculous, and Lady Bertram was downright so. The first episode of the mini-series depicted the childhood years well, and I liked the way the series used Fanny's letters to William to move the story along. After doing such a great job with the rest of the book in the first five episodes, the sixth and final episode was a little disappointing. The conclusion seemed to come about suddenly and without much basis, and we didn't see Sir Thomas's reflections on parenting, nor his ultimate satisfaction in Fanny in light of his disappointments elsewhere.
Very very very slow moving. Fanny seemed very homely and I could barely hear her. But it does walk through, or maybe creep, though the book. You get a lot of the story that other adaptations sometimes skip or breeze by.
Fanny Price is not the flashiest of heroines; in truth, I'm not really a fan. But this adaptation is true to the story and characters of Austen, and despite being one of my least favorite of her novels, is an entertaining tale.
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