Now, to this movie, which caused a great stir in Austen circles. If you read the review of Weldon’s Letters to Alice, you’ll know that Mansfield Park does not feature (in my opinion) one of JA’s best female protaganists. Fanny Price is a sad thing, really, insipid and (not to put too fine a point on it) a bit masochistic.
Rozema’s Mansfield Park
I love this, because it’s so true. This movie is an intervention — Rozema has taken Fanny and interjected into her a healthy dose of her creator. By using Jane’s own juvenalia and what letters still exist to give us a brighter, clearer Fanny, Rozema delivers something close to a miracle.
Obviously, purists don’t like this kind of thing. The Word must not be tampered with. But oh, what a tribute this movie is to Jane herself, and to her characters.
This is a witty, clever, thoughtful, touching piece of work. It’s one of my favorite movies.