Nominated for seven Academy Awards®, the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility remains one of my most cherished interpretations of a Jane Austen novel. Everything about this film project seems to be touched with gold; from the award-winning screenplay by actress Emma Thompson; to the incredible depth of British acting talent: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Greg Wise, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson; stunning film locations in Devonshire; and the fine brush-work of the Taiwanese director Any Lee. The movie touched many and introduced Jane Austen’s classic story of two divergent sisters searching for happiness and love to millions. I never tire of viewing it, basking in its beautiful cinematography, enjoying its thoughtful performances and marveling at its exquisitely crafted screenplay – both reverent to Austen’s intentions and engaging to modern audiences.
There has been so much discussed online already about this movie that I doubt I can add any new insights. I can, however, share with you what I find so moving about it: the performances, the music, the language, and the filming locations. I feel that the movie can say it so much more than I, so here are a few video excerpts for your enjoyment.
Edward Ferrars and Elinor listen to Marianne play the pianoforte
Mrs. Jennings tries to winkle information out of the young Miss Dashwood’s and Col. Brandon meets Marianne.
Mr. Palmer is quite rude today!
Good God Willoughby!
Elinor, where is your heart?
Miss Lucy Steele calls on Elinor – and so does Edward Ferrars!
Marianne goes in search of Combe Magna in the rain
All’s well that ends with a wedding!
5 out of 5 Stars
Sense and Sensibility 1995
Sony Pictures (1995)
DVD Region 1 (2h 16m)
© 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose