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.
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…
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…
**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…
*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…
Ugh yes lovely. Just lovely. So well done.
(Also, I'm basically Marianne, and my older sister is basically Elinor.)
i love being period drama and jane austen trash. I LOVE IT
Sense and Sensibility besitzt das unwiderstehliche magische Dreieck: Actors – Austen – Ang. schoener-denken.de/blog/sinn-und-sinnlichkeit-ang-lee-and-me/
Ang Lee's first fully-English-language feature, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibilty might seem like an odd choice, but Austen's preoccupation with the expectations of family and society actually aligns surprisingly well with the themes of Lee's first three movies. The movie sports a great cast, including Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, and Hugh Grant (to say nothing of the supporting cast), but the movie doesn't hit the same emotional heights as many of the rest of Lee's films, and the source material is perhaps not quite as engaging as Austen's more famous Pride and Prejudice.
Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet star as sisters who take a different approach to love and marriage; one who is heartfelt and headstrong, the other more pragmatic and practical. This makes for a nice contrast, never bringing the sisters into conflict but showing that love in 18th century England to be shaped by social class and gender and a dependence on how much money you have. Ang Lee directs very well and the acting is excellent. Emma Thompson deserved her Oscar for the screenplay; she retains enough Austen wit and insightfulness while allowing herself to inject some of her own.
The best cinematic adaptation of Jane Austen by far. The clever screenplay by Emma Thompson keeps the essence of the Georgian era while trimming and connecting all the plot points seamlessly. Ang Lee, with his usual sensibility and remarkable attention to character, conducts the story masterfully, from the beautiful emotional moments to the delicious bits of comedy of manners (Laurie and Staunton, playing a couple one more time, are a blast). Like Austen's best works, it tells so much betweeen the lines in such a feel-good way, that you can't help but be enchanted.
Jane Austen makes me realize how I need to appreciate living in the twentieth century, although there are so many things that didin't changed. Ang Lee using the scenary to touch. Great cast.
One of the... better Jane Austen films (and books) but I haven't found one I genuinely enjoy yet.
The script here stands out as the triumph of the film. It shows a really insightful understanding of the story's characters and does them justice. Ang Lee's directorial touch is strong, but deft. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet shine.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…