Emma (1996)

Though many people understandably attribute pop culture classic, Clueless to this movie, both were inspired by the 1815 novel, “Emma” by Jane Austen. Many of its leads said this particular story gave them a greater appreciation for Ms. Austen’s work. In fact, the director of this version had his own plans to adapt it for a modern context, not realizing “Clueless” was already in the works. I’ve heard that the Jane Austen Society of North America (of which I am not a member) likely frown upon this adaptation. However, we the uncouth masses, enjoy how approachable it is. Simple and sweet with the right amount of drama, this film is delightful in every way. In my mind (interpret that literally), the 19th century version of the classy sophistication embodied by legends, Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

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