Waaaaaay back when quarantine began, I thought that I should start binge-watching something to pass the time. Optimistically, I remembered how often Jane Austen adaptations have been my comfort object, and having just seen the new feature film Emma, decided to fire up the 1972 BBC TV version of Emma. Welp, I made it halfway through (only by multi-tasking) before giving up, and have now realized that binge-watching post-apocalyptic sci-fi is what’s getting me through this adventure.
The 1972 one is actually a strong production minus the videography typical of its day: it sticks close to the novel (okay, as much as I remember — I’ve only read it once); the costumes are appropriate to the 1815 publication date; the acting is good. It’s just waaaay too nicey-nice (and slowly paced) for me these days!
I did get ambitious and take a bunch of screencaps, which have languished on my computer as I’ve mentally thought “Someday you’ll finish watching that!” Reader, I will not finish watching that. Let’s accept fate, shall we? And the odds of Trystan or Sarah ever reviewing this are about a billion to one, so I figured I should put those screencaps to use by writing a sadly vague review such as I have. For posterity!
FYI, the costumes were designed by Joan Ellacott, who also designed The Forsyte Saga (1967), Vanity Fair (1967), The First Churchills (1969), Madame Bovary (1975), Anna Karenina (1977), Pride and Prejudice (1980), and The Lady and the Highwayman (1988).
Are you a secret (or not so secret!) fan of the 1972 Emma? Feel free to tell people why they should watch this in the comments, since I’m clearly never going to finish it!