Antti Alanen: Film Diary: Mansfield Park ()
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In the film, in contrast, Fanny is extroverted, self-confident, and outspoken, while also being physically healthier. Rozema employs a "a collage or prismatic-like approach" in her adaptation of Fanny's character, incorporating elements of Jane Austen 's character in order to update the "annoying" character for a contemporary audience.
Overt References to Sexuality[ edit ] This adaptation modernizes the chaste, virtuous story by including several references to sexuality.
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The first instance, Fanny's discovery of Maria and Mr. Crawford in the act of sexual wrongdoing during a rehearsal of Lover's Vows, is not included in the book, which includes a flirtation that never reaches such a sexual climax. Grant, and his wife, the Crawfords' half-sister Mrs. Grant, do not feature in the film. Fanny's close relationship with her brother William in the book is mostly replaced in the film by her relationship with her younger sister Susan, with whom in the novel, Fanny does not develop a relationship until her return to Portsmouth.
Plot changes[ edit ] Fanny's banishment to Portsmouth is characterized as a punishment by a vengeful Sir Thomas rather than as a respite from stress following Henry Crawford's unwelcome attentions. In the novel, Fanny is never tempted to accept Mr.
Crawford's proposals, whereas in the film, Fanny accepts, then repudiates, Henry Crawford's offer of marriage, and her family has full knowledge of it. Presumably this is taken from events in the life of Jane Austen, who accepted a proposal of marriage from a man she had known since childhood, and then retracted her acceptance a day later.
In the novel, Fanny remains at Portsmouth for several months, whereas in the film she returns to Mansfield Park much earlier in order to nurse Tom Bertram back to health.
This makes her witness to the events that follow. But the shame in wealth is an issue in Rozema's adaptation. The issue of West Indies slavery as the source that plays for the party is briefly mentioned in Jane Austen's novel. Slave trade had been abolished in Britain in but not slavery itself. Austen was an abolitionist.
Edward Said highlighted the issue in Culture and Imperialism Harold Bloom, the great Jane Austen champion, has since been fed up with the over-interpretation of the slavery angle in Austen studies.
Patricia Rozema wrote her film from the Edward Said angle. In the beginning we hear cries from a slave ship on the coast of England slave ships did not come to England.
Mansfield Park shows the dark side of Jane Austen
Tom Thomas Beacham, Jr. Fanny, too, is shocked when she discovers Tom's collection of pornografic paintings and drawings on violence and rapes of slaves, also featuring his father, Sir Thomas Harold Pinter.
One might see Patricia Rozema's slavery angle in Mansfield Park as a corrective to the entire cycle of Jane Austen films, heritage films, and Regency Era films. A brilliant, clean, and complete print. Many things happen— well, a few things happen, but Austen needs many pages to describe them — but at the end everyone recognizes that the Crawfords are not nice people, and Edmund realizes he loves Fanny.
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Glacial pace The book is just as dull as it sounds— possibly more so. She lacks passion, intellect, humor and any discernible talent— anything that would encourage the modern reader to identify with her.
The events, most of them undramatic, unfold at a glacial pace. So it's understandable that when Patricia Rozema undertook her film adaptation of Mansfield Park inshe would try to spice things up a bit, primarily by endowing Fanny with a personality.Mansfield Park 1999 - Professing love - The kiss
Rozema not only turned Fanny into an Austen heroine, she made her Austen's stand-in: She adds excerpts from Austen's juvenile works most notably her irreverent History of England, in a schoolroom scene and journals in voice-overs that provide tart Austenian epigrams in the new-and-improved Fanny's voice.
It's notoriously hard to effectively translate a book into a movie, to boil down complicated plotting into a single coherent narrative or portray interior states though a primarily visual medium.
When it's done well, a movie can add richness to the experience of the unfolding story; when it's done badly, it can distort a novel beyond all recognition. Balloon bouquet In the book, Fanny isn't a writer— well, except for her regular long letters to her beloved brother William, a character who completely vanishes from the movie.
Thus the gratitude Austen's Fanny feels toward Crawford for finding William a job— which temporarily causes her to reconsider her adamant rejection of his suit— disappears from the film. Instead, Fanny accepts Crawford, albeit briefly, after he woos her with an early 19th-Century version of a balloon bouquet.
The rocket display, delivered by cart while Fanny visits her birth family, is anachronistically reminiscent of John Cusack and his boom box in Say Anything.