Jennifer Macancela

  • William Wyler’s adaptation of Henry James’ Washington Square into his 1949 film, The Heiress, emphasizes the constrictions on the protagonist, Catherine. His camera work and set construction are used to create a c […]

    • I’m very aware of the steep angle shots on the stairs of the town house, but not of the mirror shots. I even wrote to one of the authors of a paper on mirrors in The Heiress and other films that I posted to BlackBoard, because what he called the “iconic” shot of Olivia De Havilland carrying a lamp along with her image in the hallway mirror was not a screen capture from the film, it was a studio still that was distributed as publicity for the movie. There are a couple of places where we see characters in mirrors–one I recollect is of Mrs Penniman coming downstairs, where we see the lamp descending before its bearer emerges at the bottom of the stairs. The other Washington Square film has what is for me a more interesting use of mirrors (as when we see Morris in the mirror when he is arguing with Dr Sloper in the dissecting room), because in that film Morris claims that he loves Catherine precisely because she feeds his vanity.

  • Pride and Prejudice mixed with Bollywood is quite a stretch of a pitch for any film. But the film was quite successful in showing how even an English classic can have much more in common with India than most […]

    • Interesting commentary. I’m not sure what you made of the “stage performance at the hotel” — do you mean Ashanti Douglas–who is from Long Island–doing “Touch My Body”? Or the spontaneous dancing that breaks out on the beach? On the other hand, I think the “Cobra Dance” that Maya Bakshi does for Mr. Kholi has a weirdness all its own. Then there are authentic religious-based dances (with the two sticks, can’t find the name of the dance). And then there are Bollywood-inspired production numbers. Do you see a hierarchy of authenticity/phonyness among these various musical numbers and dance performances?

  • Robert Z. Leonard’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is stylistically older than those of other adaptations of the novel. But the time period in which the film takes place is set later than that of […]

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