The film, Emma., starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role opened in March this year. I was fortunate to see it before the cinemas closed because of the pandemic. It is a beautiful visualization of Jane Austen’s novel.

Beautiful because of the landscapes, the colour and the light of the country, and period buildings and rooms with their rich decorations and furnishings. Beautiful also because it sets the many pages of the novel’s conversations within these magnificent settings.

I am not sure if the novel Emma (1815) has the most dialogue of any of Austen’s six novels, but conversation predominates. Every aspect of a character, event and setting is commented on and discussed very entertainingly, and at great length. The movie, of course includes many of these conversations within the beauty and magnificence of the mansions and countryside of Emma’s world.

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