Sense and Sensibility (1971/BBC)
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From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies comes this enchanting new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel about love and marriage. Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?]]>
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This nearly three-hour version features "salad days" performances by Joanna David, Patricia Routledge, Robin Ellis and Clive Frances (adversaries in the POLDARK mini-series) and when you factor in that this 1971 mini-series had never aired in this country made it a "must" purchase. I was not disappointed, and would recommend it to other Austen addicts like myself.
The filming is very old style Masterpiece Theatre similar to The First Churchills. It's a bit stagy, but a very good, satisfying version.
Having read Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" twice and having watched the following adaptations of Sense and Sensibility: 1971, 1981, 1996, and 2009, I certainly believe this adaptation captures the intent of Austen's novel better than any of the any other adaptations. Of course, this will create a dated production but hardly a humorless one.
This 1971 Giles adaptation captures quite well the personalities of Mrs. Jennings and Lucy Steele. Rare is the adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" in which you sympathize with Mrs. Jennings and believe her to be (despite her gossipy personality) a character with whom other characters can sympathize. Lucy, through her tone of voice and body language, is played as a cunning young lady rather than a naive one when she admits to Elinor that she and Edward have been engaged for years. In other words, Lucy is aware that she is hurting Elinor when she tells her about Edward's engagement. Also, Elinor and Marianne do not seem in this adaptation to be quite as much the embodiment of complete sense and complete sensibility, which is how the 1981 Barron adaptation portrays them.
The plot of this 1971 Giles adaptation is very similar to the novel, as are all the adaptations. A few negatives do exist, naturally. Margaret's character is cut, although this might have been expected. Also, the adaptation implies that Radcliffe wrote "The Castle of Otranto," which, in my view, is a careless error.Read more ›
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A close production to the original dialogue of the book. EXCELLENT.Published 11 hours ago by Suzanne Madsen
While this 1971 version of Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility is not my most favorite, it is cute and so different than the other adaptions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. W. Garrett
Quite interesting style of acting. For fans of Sense n Sensibility it is an added dimension in style and delivery. Enjoyed its old fashioned acting.Published 5 months ago by Priscilla
I think the screenplay is slow, and the acting is a bit wooden, especially the part of Elinor.Published 6 months ago by D. Dawson
Good solid rendition of a Jane Austin story. This was more like a play. Very little music which was pleasant. It was good to see 2 actors from POLDARK! I enjoyed it.Published 8 months ago by A. Mcpherson
This is the 4th version I have of this Jane Austin movie, it is good and entertaining. Each time a story is redone, it's surprising what gets changed.Published 9 months ago by bradley