Miramax Films | Release Date: November 17, 1999
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[Anonymous]Nov 20, 2005
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SpangleJun 3, 2016
Even as lesser fare when it comes to Jane Austen adaptations, Mansfield Park still provides moments of ravishing beauty and an expertly written film that wraps you up in its romantic endeavors. Frances O'Connor is good in the lead role inEven as lesser fare when it comes to Jane Austen adaptations, Mansfield Park still provides moments of ravishing beauty and an expertly written film that wraps you up in its romantic endeavors. Frances O'Connor is good in the lead role in this blend of comedy and drama from director Patricia Rozema. The cinematography, costume design, production design, and makeup, however, are all the heroes of this film and help to create a rapturously beautiful film. That said, the pacing can be off at times and the film is nowhere near as endearing as other, better, Austen adaptations. Fortunately, the sheer beauty of the film can offset this for much of the film, even if it never achieves as much as one would have hoped. Expand
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hgquinnFeb 16, 2014
If you're expecting Coronation Street in a period setting, you'll love love love this movie. In that context, it's a fine film. If you're looking for Austen's real Fanny Price, approach with an open mind, as the essence of Fanny, that mostIf you're expecting Coronation Street in a period setting, you'll love love love this movie. In that context, it's a fine film. If you're looking for Austen's real Fanny Price, approach with an open mind, as the essence of Fanny, that most complex of Austen's women characters, is missing here. It may be that no actress alive has the skill to portray Fanny's quiet power. In any case, no such actress was required by this screenplay.

As regards the subplot of Britain's colonial history, it's ironic that the West Indies storyline is overplayed in this film, even as its period setting unwittingly references Britain's role in the East Indies, with items such as Lady Bertram's opium addiction, intermittent cries from peacocks, the ladies' gowns of Indian cotton fabrics, plumed turbans and hats, and Kashmir shawls. At the time the book was written, most of Britain's foreign-remitted wealth came British-controlled trade in the Indian subcontinent, including the British-initiated Punjab-China opium trade.
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