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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…
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…
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.
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…
Perhaps the best of all Austen's adaptations, "Sense and Sensibility" is joyous, witty, deeply affecting, and consistently hilarious, featuring wonderful performances of its all-star cast. Most important, however, is Thompson's Oscar-winning screenplay, which centers around strong females and their nuanced relationships, ideas communicated powerfully by Lee's deft direction.
Ramen hair like the world has not seen since Justin Timberlake circa No Strings Attached. Seriously, Winslet's hair is almost as funny as the concept of Emma Thompson playing a nineteen-year-old in this.
All noodles & casting aside, I didn't mind this adaptation too much. The whole film felt light-hearted and amusing, and it didn't drag its feet extensively. Pleasantly surprised.
Coming on the heels of a decade dominated by Merchant-Ivory productions that gave period dramas their reputation for stuffy laboriousness, Ang Lee and Emma Thompson gave the genre the kick in the pants it needed with their adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Thompson's script brought the material to life with a smart, modern energy that maintained the human emotion and entertaining character dynamics without succumbing to dour, stilted representations of the pretense and ceremony of the time period. Meanwhile, Lee brings an uncharacteristic lightness in his approach, maintaining a loose and organic rhythm that bounces playfully even as circumstances become heavy in the film's later stages.
In the two decades since Sense and Sensibility, the director has deservedly…
alan rickman needs to stop playing guys who go after girls who have no interest in him
This is one of my most beloved movies of all time and no matter how many times I watch it, I love it more and more each time.
I have a great deal to say about some of the cast and crew here. First off, Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee was a big risk to put as director of this film but it paid off in a huge way. Likewise, taking a screenplay from star Emma Thompson - who had only written for TV before - was an equally large risk that paid off tremendously as well.
Thompson's skills aren't only in the writing, however, as her acting is a big reason as to why this film works. Kate Winslet also gives an outstanding performance and let's not overlook Hugh Grant or Alan Rickman in significantly smaller but still good roles.
I'm sure there are a lot of people…
"Sense and Sensibility" is a long period drama that might have been more suited to a miniseries, but it's pretty great as a film as well. A nice, inoffensive historical piece about 2 sisters (played by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, both deservedly Oscar nominated) who go through trials and tribulations and loves and losses after they're forced to move out of the lavish house they grew up in. The cast is rounded out by dozens of great supporting performances, with Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Laurie, Myriam Francois-Serrah, James Fleet, Elizabeth Spriggs, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter and Imogen Stubbs all giving some of their best work. Ang Lee's direction is pretty much perfect, working with…
I enjoyed the story, humor, visuals and acting. The only kind of jarring thing was Colonel Brandon seemed too old for Marianne, which was probably not unusual back then. I guess I may have to check out other versions, this being my first time watching any version.
A fun, not-too-serious movie. I was always the annoying sister (everyone must know what I feel at all times)! Suffering in silence wasn't my thing. That's changed as I've gotten older (kind of).
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