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…
*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…
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.
I love English period dramas and I gotta see more of them. I find the social expectations and conventions of the 19th century particularly fascinating, and they seem faithfully adhered to in this film. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet are both wonderful, and the supporting cast is immense.
Period drama. This was one of the best movies in the genre, unfortunately this genre just isn't for me. I have tried several times with these kinds of movies starring actors I respect, but usually the pacing is just so slow that I have a hard time being invested in these people. There are a couple of fun tableside conversations, where you can feel the hand of Thompson and her comedic timing. Yet I would never have guessed Ang Lee directed this.
Despite my love for Joe Wright's 2005 Pride & Prejudice, this film likely remains the best cinematic adaptation of the works of Jane Austen. One of the early acclaimed works of the by now legendarily versatile director Ang Lee, it also marked Emma Thompson's debut as a screenwriter -- a task she has seldom returned to in the succeeding two decades, and to underwhelming results when she does; but a screenplay of this calibre is enough to make a career on its own, and Thompson won a deserved Oscar for this. The cast, including an on-the-rise Kate Winslet and a pretty sizeable portion of the later supporting cast of the Harry Potter franchise, are in top form.
When you have a featherweight plot, the rest of the movie needs to dazzle you. While the film is beautiful and has some moments of well-observed humor, there's just not enough to keep me invested. Perhaps I'm just not enough of an anglophile.
I never have, nor will I ever, conceal my love for Hugh Grant.
It's surprising how infrequently Sense and Sensibility pops up in conversations regarding influential films. The 1995 adaption of Jane Austen's famous novel revived the period drama, spawning dozens of films attempting to mimic the style and success of the Oscar-winning hit. And while other films have weaved their way into mainstream consciousness (including further Jane Austen adaptions like Emma and Pride & Prejudice), none has been quite so successful as Emma Thompson's passion project. Thompson spent five years working on the script (her first screenplay), and was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a nomination for her leading performance. Ang Lee was an inspired choice to direct the picture, and the film's near perfect casting jump-started…
Watched this again tonight.
Wonderful cast. I can't tell if it really is a great score/soundtrack or if I just love the piano music because my mom would always play it in the car when we drove around in Maryland. I miss Alan Rickman. I saw the costumes from this movie in real life this past Spring. This is no longer a review.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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