Unraveling the plight of women in both love and money in the 19th century, this 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility ignites the pull between heart and head. Set in the early 1800s, the cinematography of this film is telling of its 1990s production. With that in mind, I watch and re-watch this for the beauty of the set, location and characters. Before Titanic, Winslet captured my heart here with her portrayal of Marianne, providing the perfect balance of naivety and strength. Emma Thompson graces the screen with the elegance she always brings, as Elinor. Although changes have been made from Austen’s first published work of Sense and Sensibility, this film brings the story of romance, sisterly bonds and betrayal to life.
Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret are cast out from their beloved home and lavish lifestyle after the death of Mr. Dashwood. Marianne falls in love with the wrong suitor and Elinor denies her feelings for another. This film encapsulates the romance, loss, betrayal and realization of finding love in a world built for men.
“The Artist” is a movie for people who love movies. It is a touching and mostly silent movie with a musical soundtrack about an aging film idol, a peppy young actress and the passing of the silent-movie era. For a silent movie, this French salute to Hollywood’s transition to talkies in the late ’20s sure has some interesting things to say, it is simply irresistible. More than a skit, this is a lively and lovable comedy that’s full of personality and charm. This glorious film won Best Picture at the Oscars and is enhanced by brilliant performances.
Peppy Miller falls in love with the silent film star George Valentin. Things change when Peppy becomes a famous actor while George’s career goes downhill with the introduction of talkies.