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Masterpiece Theatre: Mansfield Park
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This Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Austen's novel was really disappointing. The biggest problem was the casting of Billie Piper as Fanny. Her always-disheveled, bottle blonde hair and inexplicably black eyebrows weren't true to the period and she acted too modern and low class; none of her dialogue was believable because she looked so wrong for the part. She would have been better as a naughty chambermaid than someone brought up in an aristocrat's home. Another victim of inaccurate hair and make-up was Hayley Atwell (Mary Crawford) who had a 2007 hair style and sculpted eyebrows which were lovely, but completely wrong for the time. Her casual speech and flirtatious actions would have had no place in formal Regency society.
The actors playing Fanny's aunt and uncle were too young and lacked a lord and lady's proper breeding. And the waltz danced in the final scene would certainly have shocked onlookers, if indeed it were even known at that time, but there was only pleasant reaction to the dance. All in all, this misguided film is visually distracting and sadly unconvincing.
In others words, I heartily disagree with other reviewers who claim that the 1999 film is in any way superior to this production.
My only complaint is that this production is shorter than I would have liked...but we all know how expensive these costume dramas are to film. However I believe that the essence of the original story is here in all it's glory. The script of this production is truly exceptional and insightful and is far more satisfying and more faithful to the original novel than the 1999 film can possibly claim.
I must say I found the casting to be outstanding...and applaud the use of actors who though not as handsome as supermodels are great actors and far more believable and true to life than the perfect porcelain doll taking heads that have invaded Television and Hollywood films.
So far this is my favorite film version of Mansfield Park. I have a copy of the 1999 film also and have watched it many times but it lacks substance in comparison to this production and is so different from the original novel that it ought to have a different title.
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I really enjoyed this movie...if you're feeling in the mood for a good story on a rainy day curled up with you favorite blanket..... this movie is for you.Published on Jan. 5 2013 by Yolanda M Andrews
It was the first time I had heard of this DVD, enjoyed the movie very much, finishes my collection of English dramas.Published on Nov. 22 2010 by Gayle Bray
After watching this adaptation, I was pleasantly surprise by the movie. Yes, a lot was cut out, I believe that the essential parts of the story was told and , you fall in love with... Read morePublished on June 17 2009 by S. Karagiannis
Je n'ai vraiment pas aimé cette version de Mansfield Park. Le casting de Fanny est une vraie farce. Read morePublished on April 2 2008 by I. Gagne
What can I say? This production of Mansfield Park actually left me speechless. The script department so heavily edited Jane Austen's book that we are left with very little. Read morePublished on March 25 2008 by William's Mommy