Sense and Sensibility: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film: Screenplay and Diaries

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Back in print for Jane Austen and film book fans, featuring Emma Thompson's Oscar®-winning shooting script and her "fascinating journal of making the film." —Jack Kroll, Newsweek. The landmark film, nominated for seven Academy Awards®, appearing on more than 100 top-ten lists across America, and grossing more than $125 million worldwide—remains as vibrant and true to Jane Austen as anyone could have imagined. Here is the complete, award-winning script, over 50 photos, the complete credits, and Thompson's ...
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Overview

Back in print for Jane Austen and film book fans, featuring Emma Thompson's Oscar®-winning shooting script and her "fascinating journal of making the film." —Jack Kroll, Newsweek. The landmark film, nominated for seven Academy Awards®, appearing on more than 100 top-ten lists across America, and grossing more than $125 million worldwide—remains as vibrant and true to Jane Austen as anyone could have imagined. Here is the complete, award-winning script, over 50 photos, the complete credits, and Thompson's unreserved, often hilarious diaries from the earliest meetings in January 1995 to the wrap party in July, detailing the everyday triumphs and setbacks of what it's like to work with a cast and crew of 120, offering a candid self-portrait as well as insightful glimpses of fellow actors Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, and acclaimed director Ang Lee. 50 b/w photos.

Author Biography: Emma Thompson won her second Academy Award® for her screenplay of Sense and Sensibility; she also won the Academy Award® for Best Actress for Howards End. Sense and Sensibility was her first screenplay; this is her only book. She lives in England. Lindsay Doran previously produced Dead Again and Leaving Normal. She lives in Los Angeles.

Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson now adds screenwriting and author to her autobiography. In this, her first book, she brings together her shooting script of the film in which she stars and her personal diaries of the filmmaking experience. Her book offers a unique glimpse into the life and work of one of the most talented women of our time. Photos.

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A rare treat for those interested in the process of developing a first-rate (and ultimately award-winning) movie from a classic novel.
Jack Kroll
[A] fascinating journal of making the film.
Stanley Kauffmann
Thompson's vivid, funny, gamy diaries of the shoot.
VOYA - Marlyn K. Roberts
This is an absolutely marvelous collection of stuff! As well as Thompson's diaries and her award-winning screenplay for the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, it includes Thompson's Golden Globe acceptance speech, cast and crew lists, and lots of photographs. However, there are one or two small drawbacks. First of all, the photos are no more than stills from the film. The diaries would have been a lot more effective if shots of the cast and crew at work had been included. The second problem is a more general one: it is very unlikely that the average young adult reader will pick up this book, or actually read it if they do. With the number of young people interested in film careers these days, that is a shame. However, it is to be hoped that those who are truly serious about careers in this area will find this book (or be guided to it). Thompson's diaries detail in a very personal way the day-to-day life during the process of making a film. She talks about how exhausting and physically draining it is to be involved in such a project. We learn how difficult it is to be in such close quarters with the same people for an extended period of time, how personality conflicts may develop. But there also is much about the filmmaking process from Thompson's point of view as screenwriter and actor. One of the most fascinating things she tells us is that director Ang Lee assigned all the actors questions to answer about the background of their respective characters. Although she says this is unusual, how many young people would ever expect professional actors to be given homework? By the way, the "prize" went to a letter that Imogen Stubbs, putting herself into the character of Lucy Steele, wrote to Elinor Dashwood; it is included in the appendices. The right reader will get a lot from this book! Photos. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Kathleen Hughes
This first book by Academy Awardwinning actress Emma Thompson contains both the screenplay of the Jane Austen novel and the diary she kept during the long months of filming. Thompson labored over the screenplay for five years, and the resulting treatment of what many consider Austen's weakest novel is strong, well written, and enjoyable to read. Fans of the movie as well as of Austen will enjoy perusing the screenplay, and the accompanying photographs of the cast and set are striking. The last section of the book is dedicated to Thompson's diary, which is fairly brief, written in sharp, witty style, and alternately hilarious and morose. Thompson's musings and witticisms are often very funny and ultimately provide a clear, definitely unglamorous documentary of life on a movie set. An interesting introductory piece by producer Lindsay Doran details the 15-year odyssey that finally saw the film to fruition.
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From preproduction to the wrap party, this book combines the award-winning actress's first produced screenplay & her personal diaries regarding the film in one illustrated volume. B&W & color photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557042606
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 7.69 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2003

    Wickedly Funny, Absolutely Beautiful

    Emma Thompson's screenplay and diaries of the marvelous film Sense and Sensibility is a wonderful book. The screenplay (which, incidentally, is the original script, not the shooting script) is as splendid as the film - funny and touching. The photos are beautiful, and really add a lot, whether you own the paperback with black and white stills or the lush hardcover volume. Both are equally wonderful, something no true fan of the film or Jane Austen's novel should be without. Emma Thompson's diaries are wickedly funny, I found myself laughing out loud at times. The behind the scenes photos are a real treat. (There are some swear words and verbal crudeness in the book, but if you can overlook this, by all means do.) This is a beautiful volume, and a wonderful companion to the film and novel. I love this film, and the ending was perfect.

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