Jane Fairfaxes among other things...
Posted by Traci P on October 07, 1997 at 00:35:27:
In response to The Mr. Frank Churchils, written by Carrie on October 06, 1997 at 23:36:20
] I have the impression that the Emma with G. Paltrow (sorry, I don't have the numbers down yet) is the preferred Emma. For a few reasons, I have to say I prefer the Emma which aired on A&E.
Actually the A&E version bothered me a bit. They took out a lot of things (all the riddles, and much of the byplay among Harriet, Mr. Elton and Emma, as well as all of the charades) and they seemed to play up the incestuous aspects of Emma and Knightley's relationship ("I held you in my arms when you were 3 weeks old" YUCK!). I think I tried to ignore that as much as possible when reading the book but the A&E version made that impossible, especially when that lovely line was inserted during the proposal scene!
] Also, the "Frank Churchills" in both movies, don't even begin to compare, for me. The "Frank" with G.P. made me think of a 13 year old boy wearing his father's clothes. I did not find him impressive, capable of such intrigues or inspiring any passions at all. Now the other "Frank", seemed much more appropriate for the roll. He was much more "manly" and yet maybe not too manly, so as to undertake such a ploy. (Handsome enough for Jane to undertake such a ploy also)
I thought Jane Fairfax was better in the A&E version...Polly Walker as Jane didn't cut it for me. My prof's words describe this best.."Polly Walker is supposed to be a very sexy actress. They pan to Jane Fairfax, she 'smolders,' they move on." Jane Fairfax smolder? I didn't get that impression from the book...she wasn't very elegant either come to think of it... :)
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