St Mary’s Church in South Devon, built in the 1490’s by Sir Richard de Pomeroy, is one of the surviving English parish churches that is over 500 years old.
It features in the final scene of Sense and sensibility during the wedding of Marianne and Colonel Brandon.
Love Actually is a 2003 Christmas-themed comedy film that features an ensembled cast of many famous British actors. The screenplay studies in deep the different aspects of love as shown through ten stories involving people, different each other in lifestyle and background.
The story starts on December and is played out in a weekly countdown culminating on Christmas.
Harry (Alan Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson) are a happily married couple. He is the director of a design agency and his new secretary begins to make him very clear advances and eventually he, flattered by the situation, buys her an expensive necklace.
Karen discovers the necklace in Harry’s coat pocket and assumes it is a gift for her. Then he gives her a similarly shaped box, and when she opens it, she is heartbroken to find it is a Joni Mitchell CD so she finally understands that the necklace was for another woman. She later confronts Harry and asks him what he would do if he were her. He feels ashamed and admits his foolishness.
Emma plays a heart wrenching scene in which she moves away for a moment from the room where her family is and heads to her bedroom, where she allows herself to give into tears, as Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” plays.
According to some film critics this is the best scene of the whole film, Emma said that it is not difficult to feel involved in situations like this because they are very common and people feel emotionally involved.
“That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone’s been through,” Emma told to The Telegraph. “I had my heart very badly broken by Ken. So I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me. Well, it wasn’t exactly that, but we’ve all been through it. I’ve had so much bloody practise at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer”.
The film also stars Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and others.
… Alan Rickman!
Emma acted alongside Alan in a number of films and the pair became great friends over the course of their careers.
Since co-starring in Sense and Sensibility they worked together on The Winter Guest, Judas Kiss, Love Actually, Harry Potter and The Song Of Lunch.
Theirs was a wonderful example of an affectionate and respectful friendship.
Shortly after Alan’s death, Emma released a heartbreaking statement, saying goodbye to her longtime friend.
“Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humor, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was — his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him. He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him. He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again”.
When a journalist asked them if there was anything they hadn’t done together, Emma answered: “We’ve had no children, but pretty much everything else.”
Emma Thompson is the only actor to win Academy Awards for both acting and writing. She won the Best leading Actress Oscar for Howards End (1992) and the Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Emma’s screenplay mesmerized the audience giving birth to a masterpiece, in fact in my opinion Sense and sensibility, a 1995 British period drama film, is one of the most beautiful and touching films ever.
It was directed by Ang Lee and based on the novel by Jane Austen that was published in 1811 and that became a classic.
It offers a beautiful portrayal of 19th century middle class life, starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant wearing gorgeous period costumes in the beauty of the English countryside.
When Mr Dashwood dies, the widowed Mrs. Dashwood and her three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) are forced to abandon their home by the neglect of their half-brother who inherits from their father.
The two older sisters represent opposite temperaments: Elinor, the oldest, is prudent, rational and she tends to keep emotions in check, whereas Marianne, the middle sister, is emotional, passionate and contemptuous of conventions. They behave differently, especially when it comes to feelings but they both experience lovelorn struggle, learning that they have to find a balance between sense and sensibility.
The movie is full of wonderful scenes: Edward e Elinor walking in the meadow, the nocturnal confidences of the two sisters, the dance in the beautiful and majestic ballroom, the sudden thunderstorms that make the pleasant English countryside ghostly, giving it a romantically tragic look, colonel Brandon who carries Marianne in the rain.
I really think that the script and the performances are excellent: Emma brings brilliantly on screen the quiet, careful and thoughtful Elinor and Kate Winslet is perfectly comfortable in the role of her romantic and passionate sister. Good acting for both the actresses and excellent chemistry between them, they really look like sisters even in real life.
For me this is a must-see film, at least once in life.