DVD - 1996
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Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others.
Publisher: Burbank CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Alliance Atlantis, 1996
ISBN: 9781558905733
Branch Call Number: EMM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.)


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Everything is wrong with this 1996 Miramax Films version and it's possible to enjoy any of the other 3 film versions offered at the VPL. I believe a grave mistake was made in casting and the artistic presentation seemed out of step. I even tried to imagine the talented Gwyneth Paltrow (enjoy her role in "A Perfect Murder" instead) playing "Harriet" and the brilliant Toni Collette playing "Emma". I found no redeeming features in the filming, script or attitude of this misguided inferior movie version. All other VPL film versions castings are more true to the book.

Readers might enjoy these VPL books - (1) "Emma An Annotated Version" edited by Bharat Tandon (2) "Jane Austen at Home" by Lucy Worsley (3) "What Matters in Jane Austen? 20 Crucial Puzzles Solved" by John Mullan.

Aug 19, 2017

Sooooooo good!! Love it! Watch this one and DON'T watch the 2009 version.

May 03, 2017

The 1996 film, 'Emma', starring Gwyneth Paltrow, is a beautiful portrayal of Jane Austen's book. The story follows Emma as she tries successfully (and unsuccessfully) match-making her friends together and the trouble she gets herself into as a result. The acting is wonderfully done and the film brings about several laughs without being a comedy. It is a slower movie than other film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels. Despite this flaw, it is an enjoyable watch. I'll give it a 3 out of 5.
- @papertiger of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

It was one of the best movies I have seen in a while. No language, sex, or violence. Recommended. Well worth your time.

Dec 15, 2015

Good movie! Boys seem to not really like it though. My brother runs to his room when he hears we are going to watch it! LOL!

Aug 31, 2014

This is the best movie version of "Emma" I have seen. Great period piece to escape for a couple of hours. Beautifully designed costumes and sets--gives you a real feel for an elegance of another time. I highly recommend this movie.

Sep 28, 2013

They changed up the story a bit too much in this version for my liking, but I liked how Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed Emma. As a movie, its normal that they can't fit in the whole story just like in the book.

Jan 02, 2013

I saw the start of the movie
and I didnot like it I had stopped
this isnot for children to watch

Feb 21, 2012

Well done and amusing, but possibly not the truest to the the original. Paltrow is definitely confident, but not quite pushy enough.

Sarahgulachek Jun 09, 2011

Normally I love Jane-Austin movies.... but this one was just terrible. I read the book and even though it was slow, it was WAY better then this movie. I didn't even care to watch the ending. I'll look for an A&E, BBC or PBS version instead.

and ps: the acting? Just horrible. I didn't feel the actors carried their roles well at all. The depth of Jane's characters weren't portrayed Compared to say the way Pride and Prejudice with Knightly did, even (which is the KIND of Hollywood movie I'd relate this to) - This movie made a disaster of the plot, characters and lovability that so depicts Jane's WAY with her stories.

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