Mr. Elton in the Gwyneth Paltrow Emma (1996)

cummin-eltonThe Scottish actor Alan Cumming played Mr Elton in the 1996 Emma, directed by Douglas McGrath. What a brilliant performance! All the nuances are there, from the elegant comical gentleman to the sleasy pompous social climber. I sincerely question his suitability as vicar. The proposal scene is a favourite and all the scenes with Juliet Stevenson as Mrs Elton are a delight. The costumes were designed by Ruth Meyers. Read more about them here. The other characters: Frank Churchill is awful and Mr Knightley is very handsome. But shockingly they wear boots but no gloves to the ball! Meyers chose to dress Mr E entirely in black, save the shirt and cravat. Very much like a man of the Church. Might as well be the same costume in every scene, so I´ll take a look at the other Emma from 1996.

To sum up: Top performance, Costume ok but I´ll find inspiration elsewhere.


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