Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world.
Costumes are handed down from older sister to younger, to underline both the family's poverty and the connections between sisters. Jo's red plaid dress worn to the ball where she meets Laurie is worn the following Christmas by Beth when she comes down the stairs after being ill; Jo and Beth are close to each other, as Meg and Amy are close to each other. Meg's blue striped dress that she doesn't end up wearing to Sally Moffat's debut ball is worn years later by Amy in the scene where she announces she's going to Europe with Aunt March. See more »
When Amy has returned home after falling into the pond, Meg is seen hanging up her wet clothes. Meg remarks that she cannot believe Jo walked all the way home in only bloomers. Although Amy is the one who fell in, and this may seem an error on Meg's part, Meg means that Jo walked home in bloomers because she gave Amy her clothes in order to keep her warm. See more »
Teddy? Oh, this is magic!
Jo, you are absolutely
Covered in flour! Oh dear.
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Superlative, mostly faithful adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's acclaimed novel of four impoverished teenage sisters who come of age in Civil War-era New England. The film chronicles ambitious scribe Jo, decorative, impressionable Meg, timid, musically inclined Beth, and artistic, precocious Amy, with emphasis placed on their relationship with their beloved "Marmee" and their growing bond with the playful, cultured boy next door as they attempt to make their way while their father is off fighting in the war. While devoted readers may have wished for an ending that was more in line with the novel, this is perfectly cast and brilliantly acted, with wonderful characters, a pinpoint sense of the time period, and genuine emotions that flow throughout the proceedings; a worthy adaptation indeed. ***
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