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Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

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Lilliana Zorska
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Pierre
Michael Wager ...
George Midash
Tim Choate ...
Jamie
John Guerrasio ...
Gregory
Katrina Hodiak ...
Katya
Kurt Johnson ...
Victor Charlton
Philip Lenkowsky ...
Fritz
Charles McCaughan ...
Billie
Nancy New ...
Jenny
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Ariadne Charlton
Bernard Barrow ...
Mr. Polson
Lee H. Doyle ...
Mr. Jarvis (as Lee Doyle)
Bella Jarrett ...
Miss Klein
Naomi Riordan ...
Mrs. Polson
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Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

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According to the Merchant Ivory Productions official website, "The origins of Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) . . . go back to the sale of the manuscript of Jane Austen's childhood play, based on Samuel Richardson's novel 'Sir Charles Grandison', at a Sothebys auction in London. The manuscript was acquired by David Astor, owner of 'The Observer' newspaper, who was quickly approached by the London Weekend Television [LWT] arts program The South Bank Show (1978) apparently without actually seeing it, for production rights. Melvyn Bragg, who had co-produced Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978) for the program and was at a party for its screening with Merchant and Ivory, mentioned to them that LWT had just acquired an option on the play. Also without having seen the play, they enthusiastically agreed to do the film version. When [director James] Ivory received a photocopy of the manuscript, however, he discovered that it 'wasn't a complete play, just this childish thing'. Yet [screenwriter Ruth Prawer] Jhabvala felt that it could be used as the 'seed' for a film in which theatrical groups compete to acquire and produce the Austen play. After The Europeans (1979) was made, she prepared the screenplay for Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980), and in January-March 1980 the film was shot on location in New York. Its $450,000 cost was underwritten by a group of investors, including London Weekend Television and Polytel, backers previously of Hullabaloo [Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)]". See more »

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A very boring movie about arts funding and theater troupe acting out
31 July 2005 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This very long1980 movie isn't the worst Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala movie (that would be "Jefferson in Paris") but is numbingly dull even to an admirer of many of their movies. I'd assign blame mostly to Jhabvala's screenplay about two radically different troupes vying for the chance to première a (real) recently discovered play written at age twelve by Jane Austen. From what we see of it, Austen wasn't much of a playwright at age 12 (who is?!).

Jhabvala imagines a charismatic experimentalist Svengali (Robert Powell) pitted against a socially well-connected aging actress whom he had used and abandoned earlier (Anne Baxter in her last big-screen role paying off the sins of Eve Harrington?). She wants to stage an operatic version. It defies plausibility that the experimentalist actors have operatic voices, but the audience has to simply accept that, while trying to care about any of the characters struggling to survive whimsical arts patronage. I could muster a bit of sympathy for Baxter, and more for the very handsome spurned husband played by Kurt Johnson, but couldn't care less about the "star" played by Sean Young (in her first screen role) or about which absurd production got supported and mounted off- Broadway.


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