Movies in May: Grab some popcorn and watch Mansfield Park with me! — 10 Comments

  1. I will enjoy viewing this with you. Thank you for the information on the side saddle.

    In viewing the movie again I picked up some details I didn’t notice the first time. I loved Pug growling at Henry Crawford. Also I noticed that Mr. Crawford stated that when he first entered he thought Miss Price was a servant and handed her his hat.

  2. I love the idea of watching this together–great idea! I just wish that I didn’t have to wait a week to continue. I’m going to be tempted to finish the movie, now that I’ve started. It’s been too long since I’ve watched this.

  3. I adore MP; it’s long been among my favorites. I “get” Fanny; I was very much like her when I was a child and young woman, and I admire her gentle, quiet strength and her moral code that she refuses to sully by marrying Henry Crawford. She is intuitive yet not judgmental. Of all of Austen’s characters, she and perhaps Anne Elliot are most similar to my own personality.

    Aunt Norris is one of my favorite “villains” in Austen, too, and I can’t tell you how amused I am every time Filch’s cat, Mrs. Norris, appears in the Harry Potter books. 😉

    I like Edmund, too, although his admiration of Mary Crawford does lower him in my estimation a bit. But young men may easily be misled by such a one as she–who is much more subtle and skilled than Miss Bingley at “getting her man.” But Mary Crawford wants more than what Edmund can provide–wants him to be more worldly than he is or will want to be. Fanny, on the other hand, loves him as he is, despite his infatuation with the worthless Mary Crawford.

    I have yet to find a film of MP that I feel portrays Fanny well. I’m hoping that the one you link here will be better than the others I have watched.

    Thanks for doing this, Maria! 😀

  4. I finally got a chance to watch this today. I am probably going to watch the whole thing as I have the opportunity! I saw this when it was shown on Masterpiece Theatre but I found this Fanny just a bit too pouty. I think I will have to watch the one I saw years ago at the movies so I can compare. Mrs. Norris is just so condescending to Fanny and nasty. Mrs. Bertram is not as oblivious as she is made out to be either. As for the side saddle, I wasn’t aware that the Regency version was so different and less safe. My daughter has ridden side saddle and she says it is a definite challenge after riding astride for so long. But I must say the riding habits look fabulous! Thank you for this as I enjoyed all the little details pointed out. There was also a bust in Sir Bertram’s office that I really liked!

  5. I have always loved Mary Crawford and could not handle Fanny Price. Fanny + Edmund reminds me too much of Jane + Bingley–too much of the same personality and very little to complement or improve. Thus, MP is by far my least favorite of Austen’s works, but I am now committed to giving it another chance. 🙂

  6. I have never liked Mary or Henry Crawford. Such scheming opportunists. I did know about the dangers of the early sidesaddle. I am glad that when riding sidesaddle I have had the use of the modern side saddle. Thank you for your commentary. I am learning a lot while watching this film. I am looking forward to part 2, the end of the week.

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