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.

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