Autumn de Wilde’s ‘Emma’: The Representation of Gender and the Female Gaze

An aristocratic 19th century room. Our character is being undressed by a servant, leaving their body exposed. Cut to their legs being dressed carefully and tastefully in white tights, their servant arranging their neckline before putting on their coat. It is a fairly typical adaptation of the scene we’ve all seen of the woman getting ready for the ball in period films. Except it is not a woman, it is a man - our romantic hero for the film, Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn).

Emma (2020). Anya Taylor Joy ad Johnny Flynn

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