The aim of this diploma thesis is to provide an overview of how certain aspects of Jane Austen's novel Emma are presented in two 1996 film adaptations starring Gwyneth Paltrow (GP film) and Kate Beckinsale (KB film) in the title role. Aspects of the analysis are the narrative situation as transposed into film, including changes regarding the length and wording of dialogues, changes in character constellation and perspective, as well as invented scenes; furthermore, body language and mimic will be analysed, looking at how both contribute to what is said and how it is said; finally, I will present comical scenes in both films and discuss why they appear to be comical. As camera shots are essential in the analysis of film, the thesis also examines which kinds of shotare used and how this contributes to what is expressed in the films.The results are the following: with regard to the rendering of thenarrative situation, dialogues are very often abridged, although mostly they do include all aspects which are portrayed in the novel. The dialogues wording often adheres to the novel, that is, many phrases and certain words are used in the films, but the wording is hardly ever exactly the same. The GP film adheres more closely to the novels wording than the KB film. A change in perspective often occurs from third person narration to first person direct speech. Invented scenes are often used when characters feelings are represented. Concerning body language/mimic, mimic always agrees with what is said, which is especially obvious in the GP film, in which mimic plays an important role, one which also contributes to the comical aspect. Characters body language/gestures often express how they feel in a certain situation, e.g., timidity is expressed through bent heads and cast-down eyes. As the GP film is more strongly set on entertainment, this film contains more comical elements than the KB film.