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jane austen in manhattan (1979)

Director James Ivory
Cast Robert Powell, Anne Baxter, Sean Young
Two different theatre troupes try to present the first a play written by Jane Austen when she was child.
This film has been a bit understood (starting by me!), but that doesn't make it bad. It's a very original story based in some real facts. The play written by Jane Austen when she was child existed indeed and was auctioned and won by Ivory (or someone related to him). Realizing it was a childish tale and couldn't make a film of it, the best thing was to make a film about the expectations the producers had on this play, and how do they managed to make something coherent of it.
Robert's character is Pierre, an avant-garde director who had an affair with the director of the other troupe, more classical. Pierre thinks he can make an actor of any simple person. The ambiance of the film is very 70s for moments and a bit slow too. James Ivory could have done better having such an excellent actor as Robert Powell! 
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