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…
**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…
good but why does britain only have 5 actors
While the directing and cinematography seem pretty uninspired, all the leads do good work.
I am excessively fond of this film.
Emma Thompson is my favourite actress. Period.
Fuck this Jane Austen garbage.
Best thing: All performances are great, but I love Elizabeth Spriggs and Imelda Staunton's roles as a well-meaning but gossipy mother and daughter.
Worst thing: Kate Winslet's character walking in the rain too long because she is so sad. It comes off as a bit ridiculous, which is perhaps an intentional part of her character, but it feels odd at that moment.
This Jane Austen adaptation from ultra-versatile director, Ang Lee, is just as great as I remembered. Probably my favourite straight adaptation of Austen's work. (Though I have a special place in my heart reserved for Clueless.) Great cast, great storytelling and a good sense of humour.
My review is here:
This started it all, didn't it? This was Ang Lee's and Emma Thompson's take on the Austen adaptation, after such things were so out of favor for so long. Alongside BBC adaptations (this is better than a BBC adaptation because Ang Lee's outsider lens focuses on the beauty of the landscape to compare and contrast with the very human problems), this film is why we have so many Austen adaptations today.
The acting here is really the film's true strength. Ang Lee seems to identify with the romanticism of Kate Winslet's Marianne in his compositions of the luscious green landscapes. But Thompson, who wrote the film, is locked-in with Marianne's older sister, who she plays, named Elinor. Elinor is quite…
Watching this with my roomie made me realize just how much I am Elinor.
She tries to take care of everyone. She hides her pain because she doubts others' capacity to care for her. And in turn, she is accused of having no heart.
Oh goodness. I am her. I am this bloody wonderful heroine who is mostly misunderstood by everyone except that one chap who is the only obvious companion for her because he is also her best friend.
Also, it's late and I should stop being sentimental and go to bed.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…