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.
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…
having an emma thompson moment.
i've taken this film for granted, because it is such a standard, but it's also quite well made. nothing extravagant, but humble and effective.
in particular, it is very delicate about the use of distance and is one of the few films in which people really whisper.
Better than I remembered it as being. So good, in fact, that I'd rank it among the top 3 Austen adaptations, along with the BBC Pride and Prejudice and that witty 1996 Emma. There are scenes here of people sitting politely and quietly in a room that positively crackle with tension. A wonderful story.
@ emma thompson just fuck me up
Better than Austen
A chick flick handsomely mounted with pleasing set designs and strong performances from the entire cast..Kate Winslet has never looked this gorgeous!
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
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
From the NYT website:
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