REASON AND FEELING by Jane Austen: book and film compared

REASON AND FEELING by Jane Austen: book and film compared

Jane Austen’s Reason and Sentiment remains an unmissable classic to read and see.

The Italian cover of the novel Ragione e Sentimento.

Everyone will have at least once in their life to have a low sugar. I am not referring to that extreme situation, in which one feels faint as a result of excessive effort, but to those moments of psychophysical melancholy in which to feel energized and in a good mood again it is necessary to eat a dolcetto.

A lady I went to the gym with years ago used to say this: “My body warns me when it needs sweets”.

How many, on the other hand, have ever had a decline in romance?

Having a decline in romance means needing those stories in which hero and heroine after a thousand ups and downs can be together.

It often happens to me: I have need such stories, also to avoid eating too many sweets which, if they are good on the one hand, on the other can cause considerable damage.

So how can this lack of romance be cured?

Simple: by reading a book of Jane Austen.

And this is what I did a short time ago, thanks to the release on newsstands of the volumes of the Timeless Stories series, dedicated to all female works, among which obviously there is no shortage of Austen’s novels.

Usually, to restore optimal levels of romance in my body, I dedicate myself to reading Pride and Prejudice and watching one of the many film adaptations – the best, for me, is the BBC miniseries in which Colin Firth plays the part of Mr. Darcy.

However, this time I wanted to give another novel by the author a chance: Reason and Sentiment.

The first time I read it, about fifteen years ago, I didn’t appreciate it at all. Still, I’m not the type not to give one second chance (sometimes even a third and a fourth), also because from personal experience often the second chances have been mines of sensational discoveries e satisfying satisfactions. At least, as far as the books are concerned.

Reason and Sentiment is the story of two sisters they have chosen two different ways of managing emotions of life: Elinor, the eldest, tries not to externalize her feelings and to control them; Marianne, the second child, on the contrary, is pleased to show both joys and sorrows in a violent and blatant manner.

In our day, Marianne would be the one who placed every moment of her existence on social, while Elinor would be the one with a single profile photo and a wall full of tags rather than her own posts.

As is rightly observed in a wonderful film dedicated to the novels of the English author, He club Jane Austen, the implicit question behind these two antithetical behaviors is which of them is better.

Needless to say, in theVictorian age where Austen lived, the best is that of Elinor: to suffer and rejoice in one’s heart, but without losing that air of composure so dear to the society of the time.

Exaggerated behaviors, however more human, are stigmatized as wrong and the bearers of death and ruin, unless there is a change of direction.

The same novel from a structural point of view emphasize the penchant for moderation, so much so that both the narration and the events narrated have much less gaudy tones than Pride and Prejudice.

Reason and Sentiment is a softly colored novel, a small ancient world where they act few characters, who, even when they perform actions of unspeakable brutality or are overwhelmed by terrible events, always maintain a controlled attitude. The typical aplomb English, we would say.

The only character that creates a bit of spice and movement is thehated Lucy, thanks to which the story acquires a more lively and interesting turn.

But let’s get to relationship with the film. Yes, I know, I’m one of those who “the book is always more beautiful than the film”, However this time they are rather satisfied with the film adaptation of The Lee for multiple reasons.

The Italian poster of Ang Lee’s film.

First of all I approve immensely he cast of Reason and Sentiment.

Emma Thompson it’s a Very convincing Elinor. True, at the time he was already over thirty for a while and was playing a girl of not even twenty; she is blonde with blue eyes, while the protagonist of the novel is brown with dark eyes. Yet for the ways and expressions it manages very well to represent theinteriority of the character.

Kate Winslet it is even perfect in the part of Marianne. Very young, she was only twenty, she already shows hers incredible ability to identify, so much so that the actress disappears and what reaches the viewer is only the character of Marianne in all its facets.

Others are the actors absolutely suitable for the roles covered (Alan Rickman in the role of Colonel Brandon, Gemma Jones in quella di Mrs. Dashwood, Gren Wise in that of Willoughby, Imelda Staunton in that of Charlotte), but in particular Hugh Grant as Edward.

Once again the British actor shows his glory in all its glory versatility. He, who knows how to be the beautiful and asshole par excellence, admirably covers the part of respectable gentleman, a bit clumsy and clumsy. Certain expressions, certain movements of the gaze are so close to how I imagined them to leave me (almost) speechless with admiration.

I also found the choice to make the character of really successful and worthy of merit Margaret more active and lively than it appears in the book.

Usually I don’t approve of the changes from the novel, but in this case I find that this gimmick makes the story more dynamic and enjoyable.

Instead, I’m rather sorry for theelimination of some characters, including the cold and impassive Lady Middelton and the silly but hilarious Nancy Steele. While the absence of the children was not a major loss. Especially since Margaret is already there to make a lot of noise.

Really my compliments to the director for the reproduction of landscapes, of external he interior mansions that have truly represented the world of Sense and Sensibility in a way similar to how I imagined it.

There is also nothing to complain about the choice of the scenes to represent: those sacrificed are really small and their absence does not prevent us from following the thread of the narrative.

In short, at the end of the movie, mine judgement is really positive, although, as always, I recommend reading the book first in order to have a greater overview.

Francesca Wonder

Francesca is a teacher and a lover of culture in general. She gets excited in front of a well-written text and sheds sincere and warm tears when a work of art communicates emotions to her. She sings at an amateur level and believes reading is the best way to forge strong bonds.

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