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.
Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant: great cast for a beautiful film! ❤️
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)
Sense and sensibility was released on this day 25 years ago.
Kate Winslet, who appeared in Polanski’s Carnage in 2011 and in Allen’s Wonder Wheel in 2017, in a Vanity Fair interview admitted “I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock. It’s like, what the fuck was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski? It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s fucking disgraceful”.
She is struggling with regrets over working with Allen and Polanski, both accused of sexual misconduct with minors.
Kate was Emma’s partner in the movie Sense and sensibility in which they played the roles of two sisters.
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.