Posted by Betsy on May 28, 1997 at 18:04:30:
In reply to Re: Emma1 posted by kathleen (elder) on May 28, 1997 at 08:41:55
] I rather liked Emma1, although it took me a while to get used to the actors. Agree that Emma & Mr Knightley are too old, but you are correct about the age difference.
] I especially liked Harriet and Mr Woodhouse in this version. Mr Woodhouse's line about gruel cracked me up: It is a sad thing to live life as it were from one cup of gruel to another [or something like that, I'm paraphrasing from memory].
] One advantage the longer version has it that more of the story is told. It's been a while since I watched it, but I believe I shall do a highlights tour this evening.
I agree with you in that there were a LOT of good things about Emma1. I think that the Mr. Woodhouse in that version was closest to what I imagined when I read the book. The only thing that really spoiled it for me was that whoever it was that played Emma (names? Help?) played the role SO bitchily and nastily that I really could not like her. She was supercilious right through to the bitter end and I never could think that she deserved Mr. Knightley (not that he was a great prize in this one, either).
You are so right that there were a lot of good things in Emma1; but I still couldn't bring myself to see it a second time. I had to go watch another JA flick just to swab the "badly done Emma" out of my mind!!