Posted by MB on September 23, 1997 at 20:56:55:
In response to Emmas:1, 2, and 3, written by kathleen (elder) on September 15, 1997 at 07:02:45
] ] I have watched the 1972 version several times, and it always compares very favorably will the others. [snip] The characters were believable, and some were standouts - Mr. Woodhouse, Miss Bates, and Mrs. Elton made the story come alive. And Mr. Knightly clearly showed the age difference that was supposed to exist between him and EMMA. Well worth your time. Let me know if you agree.
Thanks, kathleen. I usually don't post here, and I was having trouble remembering which Emma was which!
] I actually like all three versions, for differing reasons. Emma3 (with Kate Beckinsale & Mark Strong) is my personal favorite, but they each have good qualities.
I thought it was the most faithful I've seen (and I haven't seen Emma1), but I was they would have rounded out KB role a little. For instance, in the book and in Emma2 they show some of Emma's compassion for the poor, which redeems her from being that brat that Beckinsdale often appears to be. A firend (who hadn't read the book) abosultely did not understand Emma's appeal after viewing Emma3.
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