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…
Watched with self at home.
Movie Challenge Prompt: A movie by an Asian filmmaker (Ang Lee directs)
Colonel BAEndon :( qué cantidad de gente top maldita sea. Muchas películas tienen 284984934 escenas de tiradera, pero ni en sus sueños logran lo que logra ésta. Rescaten brujas ;)
È il culmine di quel momento d'oro dei costume drama degli anni '90, considerato uno dei migliori adattamenti austeniani di sempre, ma a me convince fino a un certo punto.
La Thompson è la ragione del film, quella che ha messo a frutto le sue esperienze passate per stendere un forte canovaccio narrativo, di cui però non gradisco l'ingentilimento dei momenti più classisti e razzisti della signorina Austen a beneficio del grande pubblico, operazione che dà un tono quasi fiabesco al tutto.
Il sentimento è incarnato dalla fulgida Kate Winslet, che condivide l'essenza libera e romantica del suo personaggio, con un'interpretazione davvero naturalistica e travolgente.
L'operazione coraggiosa di mettere la regia in mano a un famoso regista taiwanese al suo…
Prestige Literary Adaptations and Costume Dramas are not interchangeable terms, although we often associate one with the other. I think most people made this equivalency in the early nineties, when there was a sudden spike in the audience’s demand for elegant movies that were adaptations of British literary works in period settings. Thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s embrace of the genre by giving its most successful movies tons of Oscar nominations, audiences were left with the impression that this type of movie should always look like either a Kenneth Branagh or a Merchant-Ivory film. And while both of those style have their merits and produced worthy films, the genre might have reached its decade peak…
I'm such an Austen sucker.
Film 10 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
My least favorite Austen book turns out to have my favorite movie adaptation. I must admit that I avoided this for a while, and for all the wrong reasons. The cover looked sooo stupid and 90's-like to me*, I didn't want to admit my crush on Hugh Grant, and as mentioned, I didn't like the book all that much.
However, this adaptation is great. The actors are top rate, with both Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet giving great performances. The scenery is stunning and the interiors are great. What really struck me with this movie is that the world looks lived in. These people seem real, and conveying that feeling is a great achievement.
*or at least my 14 year old self. Who is the only one allowed to write so "sooo"
I greatly esteem this movie.
I'm on an Austen high.
After their father dies and they lose their home, two English sisters move to a cottage in the country, where they both find love. Winning comedy of manners expertly brings out the warmth and wit of Austen without ever lapsing into melodrama or the angst-ridden brooding so typical to stiff-upper-lip period pieces. Thompson the writer proves to be bloody economical, and Thompson the actress charms and delights, as usual. Equally impressive is Rickman, who, after a long stint playing bad guys is achingly good as a sympathetic colonel who has it bad for teenager Winslet. A wise, wonderful film that’s sure to produce a smile on a rainy day.
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