Mrs. Elton and dream sequences
Posted by Traci P on October 04, 1997 at 23:21:56:
In response to Emma movie adaptations, written by Elizabeth Rose on October 04, 1997 at 21:39:04
] I've never seen Emma1, but IMHO, Emma2 and Emma3 both have good parts and cover different aspects of the book. Emma2 has a very light and humorous (except for the "Badly done" scene) feel, while Emma3 seems to be altogether darker, focusing on the negative aspects of the book, and ignoring the light thread of sarcasm that runs through the book.
] (BTW, Emma2 is the (GP/JN) version and Emma3 is the (KB/MS) version)
Hi Lizzie, I think an "ultimate" Emma adaption would have to include Juliet Stevenson (I hope I got her name right) as Mrs. Elton. I thought she stole every scene she was in and I simply loved her portrayal of that vulgar, name-dropping Augusta Elton. My only regret on that score is that they chopped what we like to refer to as Mrs. Elton's "Barouche-Landau" speech upon first waiting on Emma at Hartfield in Emma2. I would've like seeing JS perform more of that speech.
I also LOVED the Emma-dream-sequences in Emma3. Who didn't laugh to see Harriet swept up on Frank Churchill's horse? or claiming baronet blood after marrying Mr. Elton?
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