Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

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Director: David Giles

Cast: David Giles, Jane Austen

     
 

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Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, the British miniseries Mansfield Park starred Sylvestra La Touzel as Fanny Price, a "poor relation" deposited at the doorstep of the titular country estate at age ten. Raised by her cynical uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram (Bernard Hepton), the ugly-duckling Fanny was ignored or rebuffed by everyone on the estate except for herSee more details below

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Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, the British miniseries Mansfield Park starred Sylvestra La Touzel as Fanny Price, a "poor relation" deposited at the doorstep of the titular country estate at age ten. Raised by her cynical uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram (Bernard Hepton), the ugly-duckling Fanny was ignored or rebuffed by everyone on the estate except for her cousin, Edmund (Nicholas Farrell). Eventually blossoming into a beautiful woman, Fanny found herself the romantic bone of contention between Edmund and neighboring aristocrat Henry Crawford (Robert Burbage). Though fond of both men, Fanny was not about to make an impulsive choice between them; both Edward and Henry would have to prove their mettle to her before either man could claim her hand in marriage. Telecast in six hour-long installments by the BBC in 1986, Mansfield Park was remade 13 years later as a theatrical feature film.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1986 production has the right ingredients for a praiseworthy adaptation of a classic novel: loyalty to the author's vision, accomplished acting, and historically accurate settings and costumes. But modern audiences may balk at the lack of passion and glamor in the central character, Fanny Price (Sylvestra Le Touzel). She is shy, down-to-earth, primly upright, and merely pretty rather than beautiful. However, this is not director David Giles' interpretation of Fanny; it is Fanny as Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote her. Of course, in remaining faithful to the 1814 novel, Giles risks alienating viewers who prefer spirited, assertive Austen heroines, like the feminist Fanny (Frances O'Connor) in Patricia Rozema's 1998 adaptation of Mansfield Park. Critics both praised and panned that production, generally because their viewpoints reflected their acceptance or rejection of Rozema's revisionism. The 1983 film -- produced by the BBC as a TV miniseries -- is undeniably superior in at least one respect: its 261-minute running time, which allows it to present more of the plot and more of Austen's original dialogue. But it is undeniably inferior in its production values, appearing stagy, like a play, and the sound quality is only marginally better than that recorded by a portable tape recorder. In both productions, though, the acting and period ambience leave little room for criticism. In the end, the question of which is the better film ultimately depends on whether viewers prefer their Austen pure and straight up or spiked with 80-proof interpretation.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0794051168528
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
5:12:00
Sales rank:
6,272

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Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side A, 1-4
1. Burden of Benevolence [8:08]
2. Sober Reflection [8:22]
3. Last Living Moment [8:39]
4. Childless Courtship [9:09]
5. Plans for Conquest [14:50]
6. End Credits [1:20]
1. General Distinctions [7:21]
2. Altered Approach [8:51]
3. Readily Forgiven [10:28]
4. Tour of Antiquities [4:06]
5. A Walk in the Park [21:28]
6. End Credits [1:21]
1. Honest Gentlemen [10:34]
2. Theatrics of Poetry [7:51]
3. Boisterous Behavior [10:14]
4. Epitome of the World [12:24]
5. Lord of the Manor [10:34]
6. End Credits [1:19]
1. Quiet Household [7:53]
2. Obliged to Serve [8:06]
3. A Hole in the Heart [7:59]
4. Gifts of Vanity [6:10]
5. A Day of Pleasure [20:18]
6. End Credits [1:23]
Side #2 -- Side B, 5-6
1. Tangled Schemes [8:41]
2. Unnecessary Indulgences [9:11]
3. Feelings Unchanged [6:56]
4. Misshapen Ideals [16:56]
5. A Brother's Wisdom [8:39]
6. End Credits [1:20]
1. Home Sweet Home [10:23]
2. Ladies in Tow [9:44]
3. A Sailor's Providence [12:20]
4. Traveling in Secret [9:07]
5. Reminiscence of the Past [9:02]
6. End Credits [1:20]

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