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Sense and Sensibility (1995)


This is the film that turned Jane Austen into a mega-industry. Producer Lindsay Doran asked Emma Thompson to adapt her favourite Austen novel (two female protagonists, lots of action) after they worked together on Dead Again. Five years later, after several handwritten drafts,  input from other actors, and almost losing it all on a laptop, Thompson had forged an ingenious (and Oscar-winning) interpretation making it comprehensible to a modern audience including subtle and necessary changes to push along the narrative. It’s a brilliant disquisition on money, family (first and second), class, courtship rituals and etiquette. With Ang Lee directing in a language and a culture of which he had scant knowledge, the overacting from the ensemble was toned down and a stylish, witty, moving, suspenseful, elegant film was made. It’s a long time since I watched it and it proves just the tonic on a summer’s day when it’s bucketing down.

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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