Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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…
I greatly esteem this movie.
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…
That dastardly Willoughby; thank goodness for Mr. F!
**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.
*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…
True essence of the romantic era. Sense, the older sister, trusts what is reasonable and what is proper. Sensibility, the younger sister, feels everything through enormous passion and follows her "heart" (I always cringe when people use this expression because one's heart does not feel, emotions exist in the brain).
After watching this yesterday, I coincidentally read about the romantic era in history class today. Reading about cultural phenomenons like having a piano at home and the search for sensibility over sense, confirmed what I saw in this film. The film is from 1995, but based on a novel from 1811, so it is almost (almost) like a primary source. I should probably read Jane Austen's books, as the romantic I am...
Bonus points for the cast! Perfect acting for this story!
Austen's work was MADE for film! Her characters demand to be seen, heard, and felt--and gosh did I feel for them.
Though bolstered by some good performances throughout, Ang Lee's adaptation left me bored and uninterested in a weak story that cheats the audience of any real lesson or theme to be had. "Sense and Sensibility" is predictable, flat, and far too long to warrant a solid recommendation.
2/4, 5/10, C-, Thumbs down
I'm always a slut for Austen adaptions
Maybe it's just in comparison to the miniseries we've been watching, but this seems like the slightest British Literary Adaptation yet. The central conflict is there, of course, underlined by the dialogue but sold by Emma Thompson, whose performance far exceeds her Oscar-winning screenplay. Ang Lee's classical compositions limit the characters perfectly: even when they're given a bit of freedom, they're still trapped. How weird is it though that the romantic heroes are the wildly anachronistic Hugh Grant, nearly sputtering Thompson off the screen, and Alan Rickman, terrific as usual but nonetheless 30 years older than Kate Winslet? Colin Firth could disintegrate these guys with one glance.
Cute and fun. Don't hate. Ang Lee isn't the best director in the world and the cinematography feels a little cheap. The acting doesn't feel as nuanced as other Jane Austen adaptations, but I love Hugh Grant with a burning passion and he captures my heart. Also, Alan Rickman is in this film.
Sigo pensando que el reparto es tan raro y a la vez perfecto. Queda en tercer lugar de adaptaciones de libros de Austen.
A competent retelling of a classic tale. Hugh Grant is badly cast and (once again) some classic book dialogue is missing. Hard to compete with the scandalously good BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (with Lucy Davis) though.
Watched with self at home.
Movie Challenge Prompt: A movie by an Asian filmmaker (Ang Lee directs)
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