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Written by Barb JA
(10/27/2010 8:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It depends on what you value most in novels and adaptations, penned by Tom P2
I find some things in MP2 that I really appreciate. When I first saw it at the theatre I was upset that Fanny was not "my" Fanny that I'd come to love. I think in some ways it captures the spirit of the novel and the motivations. I think the scene where the Crawfords first come, and as they all sit around playing cards, is good movie shorthand for the effect they had on the Mansfield family.
The billiard room scene where Mrs. Nasty singles out Fanny echoes the novel. I feel Fanny's pain there. It's very well done.
There is some truth in the Fanny/Edmund relationship, though exaggerated.
I love that the irony of Austen is kept. Fanny is narrator and we get the whole Maria's marriage "and her aunt tried to cry" bit. Having just read Love and Freindship this year, I enjoy the "Run mad but do not faint" much more. I'm reading Austen's letters now and have been surprised at the little phrases used in the movie.
As to the Rozema additions I find atrocious, I avert my eyes and try to ignore those.
Oh and MP2's music is wonderful.
I watched all the adaptations this weekend. I appreciated MP1 much more than previously for it's inclusion of so much from the novel, though Fanny is still not just right (for me). Watched MP3 on youtube, because I hated it the first time and didn't buy it. Comparing it side by side with MP2, especially right after a fresh read of the novel, I feel a little churlish for hating the changes in that so badly.
I agree that MP needs a separate narrator. I want the irony and humor and I still want to see the real Fanny on screen as I imagine her. That's a major issue for me.
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