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Jane Austen in Manhattan

James Ivory

 
Jane Austen in Manhattan (Merchant Ivory DVD)

Merchant Ivory DVD

1 Disc

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  • United States, United Kingdom
  • 1980
  • 111 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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Rival theater companies compete to produce their own unique versions of Jane Austen’s childhood play Sir Charles Grandison in this delightful film from Merchant Ivory Productions. George Midash (Michael Wager) buys the play’s manuscript at Sotheby’s for Pierre (Robert Powell), the head of an avant-garde theater group. Another troupe, headed by the very traditional Lilianna Zorska (Anne Baxter), strives to produce its own version of the play. In her first film role, Sean Young costars as a young actress being manipulated by Pierre to leave her husband and to dedicate herself to join his financially strapped company. But when Lilianna decides to match wits with Pierre and steal the young woman herself, events begin to mirror those occurring within the play. A brilliant ensemble cast, a witty screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and an inventive score by Richard Robbins all contribute to make Jane Austen in Manhattan elegant entertainment.

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Credits

DirectorJames Ivory
ProducerIsmail Merchant
ScreenplayRuth Prawer Jhabvala
Libretto of Sir Charles GrandisonJane Austen and Samuel Richardson
CinematographyErnest Vincze
MusicRichard Robbins
EditingDavid E. McKenna
Art DirectionJeremiah Rusconi

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital transfer
  • Venice: Theme and Variations, director James Ivory’s first film, a short documentary about the history of Venice presented through works of art about the city
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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