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Emma (1996)

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While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Emma Woodhouse
... Mr Woodhouse
... Mr Knightley
... Mrs Weston
... Mr Weston
... Mr Elton
... Harriet Smith
... Miss Bates
Sylvia Barter ... Mrs Bates
... John Knightley
Dido Miles ... Isabella Knightley
... Frank Churchill
... Jane Fairfax
... Mrs Elton
... Mr Perry
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Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma's attitudes begin to soften... Written by David Stanko

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The aqua pelisse worn by Olivia Williams (Jane Fairfax) at Box Hill is the same costume previously worn by Emilia Fox (Georgiana Darcy) at Ramsgate in Pride and Prejudice (1995). The costume was worn again by Emilia Fox (Clara Copperfield) in David Copperfield (1999), and worn by Anna Madeley (Lucy Steele) at Fanny's London house in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and by Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) at the London party where she meets Lord Byron in Byron (2003). See more »

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Mr. Knightley: [Knightley speaks of Frank Churchill who will be going to London] To get his hair cut?
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Wiegen Lied
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Olivia Williams (dubbed by Mary Carewe)
Piano accompaniment performed by Ian Watson
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Sweet and happy
29 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Of the spate of Austen films from the 1990s, this is my favorite, more even than "Persuasion," which was the one that converted me to Austeniana. Before seeing this "Emma" I had seen two previous versions, but in one Emma seemed all wrong, more like Lady Teazle, and in the other she seemed half wrong, like a possible impostor, whereas here she seemed just right, young and silly and stubborn. In general I thought the attitude and the atmosphere of the production conveyed the charm of the novel exceedingly well; indeed it is one of the sweetest, merriest things I have ever seen, rather in the nature of a Christmas treat. The script is unusually well formed, and the adapter's additions, like the shaft of light that reveals Harriet to Emma in church, are all in keeping. Mark Strong as Knightley is not what I would have expected, but I enjoyed him very much: he strongly brings out the plain-spoken, practical side of the character, in contrast with Emma's affectations, and his choleric outbursts against Frank Churchill are quite funny. Bernard Hepton makes Mr. Woodhouse a figure of almost Carrollian absurdity; Samantha Morton as Emma's protégé is exactly as soft and exactly as firm as she ought to be. And as in the same producers' "Pride and Prejudice," care is taken that the eventual couplings of characters can be believed--uniquely in some cases. For me this production was and remains a delight.


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