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Playing Cupid: An Advance Review of "Emma" on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic"

22 January 2010 8:37 AM, PST | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

"Better to be without sense than misapply it as you do." - Mr. Knightley Jane Austen's novel "Emma" remains an enduring masterpiece of biting wit, scathing satire, and Regency society-trapped-in-amber since its publication in 1815. Even nearly 200 years later, there's still quite a bit of relevance and humor to be found in its pages and the novel's matchmaking heroine Emma Woodhouse--young, spoiled, and naive--remains a favorite for readers of all ages. Douglas McGrath's 1996 Emma, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, and Ewan McGregor, remains a favorite of mine when thinking of Austen adaptations. Daringly breaking away from the stylistic constraints of 19th century English novels, McGrath infused this story with modern flourishes, creating something timeless in and of itself. Likewise, the 1995 feature film Clueless transplanted Emma Woodhouse to mid-90s Beverly Hills, transforming the Austen heroine into the vapid Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a matchmaking naif addicted to her cell phone, »

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An Englishman in New York and The Turn of the Screw | TV review

2 January 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

John Hurt brilliantly reprised his role as Quentin Crisp while a BBC adaptation of Henry James's ghost story kept us guessing, writes Phil Hogan

It's hard to imagine now the national astonishment that greeted The Naked Civil Servant when it first aired in the 1970s, an era when the sight of a man promenading in a floppy hat, eyeshadow and a chiffon scarf could only mean Dick Emery. The film – a moving adaptation of Quentin Crisp's then little-known memoir of his imperilled life in the 1930s as a brazen homosexual – made an icon of Crisp and a star of John Hurt, who caught his subject's manner and spirit with such eerie exactitude that it took The Elephant Man (1980) to shake it off. But Hurt buttoned himself back into the role without a fumble for An Englishman in New York, which saw the elderly Crisp taking his fabulous new »

- Phil Hogan

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An Englishman in New York and The Turn of the Screw | TV review

2 January 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Hurt brilliantly reprised his role as Quentin Crisp while a BBC adaptation of Henry James's ghost story kept us guessing, writes Phil Hogan

It's hard to imagine now the national astonishment that greeted The Naked Civil Servant when it first aired in the 1970s, an era when the sight of a man promenading in a floppy hat, eyeshadow and a chiffon scarf could only mean Dick Emery. The film – a moving adaptation of Quentin Crisp's then little-known memoir of his imperilled life in the 1930s as a brazen homosexual – made an icon of Crisp and a star of John Hurt, who caught his subject's manner and spirit with such eerie exactitude that it took The Elephant Man (1980) to shake it off. But Hurt buttoned himself back into the role without a fumble for An Englishman in New York, which saw the elderly Crisp taking his fabulous new »

- Phil Hogan

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