A True Treasure for Sense and Sensibility Fans
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Is there enough money and time allotted for a big opening scene to illustrate Mr. Henry Dashwood receiving a fatal hunting wound? How can Colonel Brandon’s character be made more three dimensional and effective when he is “quite shadowy” and “absent for long periods” in the novel? Should Willoughby’s anguished confession to Elinor be included, or will it “interfere with Brandon’s love story?” How can we achieve the perfect balance romance and satire in this film?
These are just several of the questions Emma Thompson pondered when writing the screenplay for Sense and Sensibility, (an undertaking that took five years, a dozen drafts, and hundreds of revisions to accomplish!) In the Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries, admirers of this adaption learn of the many important decisions Emma Thompson had to make when adapting Jane Austen’s beloved novel to a two hour feature film. In addition to the original screenplay script, this movie companion includes many still and behind-the-scenes images from the movie and Emma Thompson’s informative, entertaining, and at times shockingly candid, diary entires.