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Emma by Jane Austen

"Excellent"

"enchanting and funny"

Emma - starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Northam and James Cosmo

In 19th century England a young woman spends so much time meddling in the affairs of others that she fails to recognise her own longings. Based on the novel by Jane Austen.

Most people didn't mind Gwyneth Paltrow's English accent in this charming, 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel (which also inspired Clueless). But even if it doesn't sound quite right to you, there are plenty of authentic and wonderful Brit thespians in this film by screenwriter-turned-director Douglas McGrath, including Juliet Stevenson, Alan Cumming, Phyllida Law, Ewan McGregor (the Scots star of Trainspotting), and Sophie Thompson, outstanding and finally heartbreaking as the chattering Miss Bates. Paltrow plays Austen's benign busybody, Emma Woodhouse - so busy trying to arrange the lives of others that she is sidestepping her own. McGrath brings a kind of pretty and light touch to the production, his best move the wise delegation of creative authority to the actors themselves.

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