I didn’t expect to like either of the television adaptations we looked at in class last week. To my surprise, the 1978 version might be my favorite adaptation we have studied so far. And it seems to me this comes down to passion. While the Katharine Hepburn certainly didn’t lack it, the two that followed did, and the result was depressing.
I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how talented a cast is or how faithful a screenwriter is, the production has to be inspired, reverent, and most importantly, passionate about the source material for the adaptation to come alive.
I’m looking forward to looking at the 1994 and 2019 versions, as I’m familiar with both and know they are filled with passion and love for the Alcott novel. I’m excited to see the different elements that come into the foreground of the analyses as the two films are exceptionally strong. I imagine it will be easier to focus on nuanced camera work, acting, and production design. I can’t wait.