Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Sense and Sensibility
Lose your heart and come to your senses.
Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.
I greatly esteem this movie.
Film #60 of Project 90
”Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honor and duty. Elinor, where is your heart?”
Jane Austen mixes humor, psychology and romance and comes up with something which may seem very ordinary and insignificant at first but once you start one of her novels you won’t be able to put it down and that’s the most amusing thing about her works, she charms you with her simple yet meticulous way of narrating routine and day-to-day stories and the universal themes of those stories guarantee the timeless quality of her works. Sense and Sensibility is one her most enjoyable works, perhaps it is Austen’s most “dramatic” book too, there are numerous events happening in the plot…
Imagine the audacity! Taiwanese director Ang Lee agreed to base his his first big non-Chinese film on a Jane Austen novel. What could be further from the streets of modern Taipei than the countryside of Georgian-era England? Whose crazy idea was this?
Blame producer Lindsay Doran and two of her high-profile Oscar-winning friends: executive producer Sydney Pollack ("Out of Africa" - 1985) and actress Emma Thompson ("Howard's End" - 1992). Doran loved the work of Austen and persuaded Thompson to write the screenplay - her first - under Pollack's critical eye. It took the actress nearly five years to pen the adaptation and she was reportedly "desperate to get into a corset and act it and stop thinking about it…
*A FEW SPOILERS*
I wrote a thing about the Q&A with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman which took place on Sunday: advicetothelovelorn.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/ten-things-i-learned-about-sense-and.html
And also I wrote a review:
It’s one of the defining scenes of ‘90s British cinema: a star on the cusp of supernova, accompanied by a stunning Patrick Doyle score and Michael Coulter’s sumptuous cinematography, all of it capturing a very old-fashioned sort of English vision. Kate Winslet’s Marianne walks purposefully, forlornly through the driving rain to a hill overlooking her lost love’s house. “Love is not love,” she says, leaning on Shakespearean sonnet in her hour of need, “Which alters when it alteration finds/Or bends with the remover to remove:/O no! It is an ever-fixèd mark/That looks…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
Might as well be titled "Is there any movie Emma Thompson can't make better?"
I've never been a fan of Jane Austen, but the work done here by Thompson (who wrote the screenplay) and Ang Lee is pretty subtly miraculous in how they are able to bring this really old material into new life. It screams 19th Century lit with 20th century values. Emma Thompson is amazing here (duh), but so is her supporting cast in a wild train ride of failed and duplicitous romances as all these two sisters have is each other.
Watched for Lise's Jane Austen’s Birthday Community Watch List
Film 16 of Personal Challenge 4 - The Brit Clique
What I love most about Ang Lee/Emma Thompson's take on Sense and Sensiblity is that for me it's one of the most calm Austen adaptations. Adaptations of other Austen novels are often quite quickly paced, jumping from event to event in order to get all of the key scenes in within a short runtime. Here though, we have plenty of scenes that highlight the peacefulness and lack of activity withing the lives of these characters.
The reason I like this approach is that whenever I think of how life must have been for single, upper middle class…
Watched this again tonight.
Wonderful cast. I can't tell if it really is a great score/soundtrack or if I just love the piano music because my mom would always play it in the car when we drove around in Maryland. I miss Alan Rickman. I saw the costumes from this movie in real life this past Spring. This is no longer a review.
This was Ang Lee's English langauge debut and went a long way to establish him as a filmmaker in North America. Given the original novel's focus on guarded emotions and characters struggling with their desires and social obligations, this is pretty well a perfect project for Lee, who would go on to explore similar themes in films like The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain. Lee handles these elements well, particularly in expressing the unsaid emotions of the characters. That said, I didn't feel the same depth of feeling as I did in the aforementioned films. I'm not sure if that's inherit to the source material, or if Lee just got more adept at bringing these emotions…
Sensibility was an important concept with various connotations for eighteenth and nineteenth century readers that dealt with both the intellectual as well as more emotional aspects of thought and feeling. Ang Lee's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel cleverly and effectively juxtaposes cool, rational thought with that of unbridled passion in regards to how two sisters approach their romantic entanglements. The film itself is well written, shot, edited, directed and performed, with special consideration given to Ang Lee and the incredible cast (RIP Alan Rickman, your Colonel Brandon is the epitome of chivalry and honour and should be a role model for all discerning men today). I loved the subtle humour as well as Lee's masterful use of ironies when…
so sweet and cute
A film that feels very much like an adaptation of a novel- which is fair, I guess. Every scene is plot-dense, dialogue driven and (generally) pretty standard visually. We do see a couple of very nice flourishes from Lee though, but I don't know if I just liked them more because they were rare.
Thompson is the heart and soul of this film, and brings a level of nuance that is lacking from some other cast members. Obviously the story is compelling in its own classic kind of way, I just wish this had more time to breath.
"my heart is, and always will be, yours"
Emma Thompson como Elinor y Hugh Grant como el pibe (Edward creo) me parecieron pésimas elecciones como personajes; los interpretan bien, sí, pero ella le da 20 años más al personaje más o menos.
Kate Winslet y Alan Rickman como Marianne y el Coronel no sé cuánto me encantaron <3
OK THIS is how you adapt a novel into a screenplay. While the tail end of the film did seem to tie all the loose ends up ever so conveniently, I LOVED this movie. Emma Thompson perfectly captured the nuances of Jane Austen's ability to tap into the innermost feelings of a person with such subtlety, maintaining all of the signature whip-smart dialogue that makes her works still so relevant. The performances were all so excellent as well--looking at you pre-HP players. I really need to finish the novel now.....
I love a good period piece, and as with Joe Wright's stellar adaptation of Pride & Prejudice made ten years later, this is a real treat. It's been an age since I read the novel, but I imagine that my only serious reservation with the film - that it wraps up its plotlines a little too neatly and as a result of overly convenient plot machinations rather than character development - owes more to Austen than it does to Emma Thompson's sparkling script.
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…