Pictures of Perfection? Filming Jane Austen

Penny Gay

Abstract


At first glance, the glut of films and television adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels in the 1990s looks like nothing more than a massive indulgence in the chocolate-box of the Heritage Industry as we hurtle mercilessly towards the millennium and the uncertainties of the cyber-world. But there is more to it than that: each of the recent successful films is markedly different in what it takes from and what it adds to Jane Austen; each adapts the novel in order to fulfil a specific artistic agenda which meets the cultural needs of the community it envisages as audience.

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