Elinor, Edward and Lucy

Lunchtime. Long rehearsal with Imogen Stubbs as Lucy, in the scene where Edward comes in and finds her with Elinor. There are eighteen setups. It will take two days. […] Very difficult scene and all a little tired but good concentration nonetheless. Four people in a room, each with entirely different motives and reactions to the same situation… – Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility Diaries)

Stage dresses

Let’s examine in this case the clothes worn to shoot the last scene of Sense and sensibility, taking place outside the church.

Elinor and Edward attend Brandon and Marianne’s wedding ceremony: she wears a gown with a long train, with burgundy velvet inserts and a bonnet decorated with ribbon and flowers.

Edward wears an elegant black suit embellished with velvet buttons on the coat and a dark hat.

I found the photos online, looking through this blog.

Did you know that…

… Emma and Hugh Grant kissed on the set of Sense and sensibility but the scene was eventually cut?

Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson kissing

The film originally featured a scene with a kiss between Elinor and Edward but the tender scene in which the shy man almost asks permission to kiss her was deleted because it was felt to be inappropriate for Jane Austen’s time.

In fact in the movie there is no scene of kisses on the mouth, just kissing of hands and bows.

Love actually (2003)

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.

Emma Thompson – Love actually

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.

Emma Thompson and…

Hugh Grant!

Hugh Grant – The remains of the day

When Graham Norton asked Hugh Grant how he felt about the leading ladies he’s worked with, he said Emma Thompson is “clever, funny, and mad as a chair”.

Emma and Hugh worked together in Impromptu, The remains of the day, Sense and sensibility and Love actually.

Edward’s proposal scene is very romantic. When Elinor finds out that he is not married, she bursts into uncontrollable tears. This has become an iconic scene, but during the shooting Hugh Grant said: “Are you going to cry all the way through my speech? You absolutely can’t, you’ll ruin it!” and Emma answered: “I promise I won’t but let’s do it, that’s funny!”.

Sense and sensibility (1995)

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.

Photo bombing

There are so many reasons for me to love Emma Thompson. First of all because she’s my favourite actress and also because she is so smart and witty, she’s always kind with her fans, and she is absolutely funny! She is not arrogant and even on the red carpet she is able to play down and joke!

😁

The Graham Norton Show – Emma Thompson