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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments

- Winslet and Rickman

This week's movie wasn't a rental but one I own ... Sense and Sensibility ... a 1995 British film adapted from the novel by Jane Austen and starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant (and Hugh Laurie). The screenplay was written by Emma Thompson, the film was directed by Ang Lee, and it was set in ... a number of locations in Devon, including Saltram House, the village church in Berry Pomeroy, Compton Castle, and the cobbled streets of Barbican in Plymouth. Settings in London included Somerset House on The Strand and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Additional scenes were filmed at Trafalgar House and Wilton House in Wiltshire, Mompesson House in Salisbury, and Montacute House in South Somerset.

- Grant and Thompson

I decided to watch the movie again because I've just checked the (audio version of the) novel out of the library and really like it so far - the movie is a very close adaptation. The story tells of the three Dashwood sisters (and their mother) who lose their home and most of their income when their father dies and leaves everything to their half-brother, causing them to move to a "cottage" (three stories!) in Devonshire. The story revolves around the different ways the two elder sisters approach life and relationships - Elinor (Thompson) is "sensible", Marianne (Winslet) more passionate (her favorite poem is Shakespeare's Sonnet 116, from which I took the title of this post). I love this movie - it has one of the best happy endings of all time :) Here's the trailer .....


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