This is the film that put Ang Lee on my radar. It never gets tired or uninteresting. I still laugh at the impeccably timed banter among the Dashwood girls, and I still cry (every time!) as Marianne battles heartbreak and illness in the climatic scene. (My sniffling was heard throughout the cinema on Sunday.)
The Dashwood Girls L to R: Margaret, Marianne, Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor
The gentlemen! The dancing! The country fashions! Emma Thompson’s screenplay and Ang Lee’s directing are an unbeatable combination. And what an incredible departure from Lee’s three previous films – all written by Lee – exploring the character of the patriarch coming over from China to connect with his children settled in the US.
Happy ending: Edward and Elinor Ferrars
What a lucky girl am I, then, that the Walker is hosting a retrospective of Ang Lee’s work as part of a Regis Dialogue – and Ang Lee will be here with longtime collaborator James Schamus on December 13. This amounts to some pee-your-pants excitment, folks.