Posted by Monique on December 01, 1997 at 21:42:00:
In response to Please read this (more literate) post instead of the above!, written by Barbara on November 30, 1997 at 15:19:29
Yes, Amanda Root would have been lovely as Elinor, though Emma Thompson was good. I think Amanda Root would have been a little more believable in the role because she looks younger than Emma Thompson, and I believe she actually is younger. If I'm mistaken, please forgive. This is not to say, though, that I would change anything about Sense and Sensibility, now that I have seen it (many times over), and consider it one of my favourite movies.
] I've been reading a biography that is jointly about Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh called Ken & Em (sniff!) .
] It has a few interesting bits about the work ET did on the S&S script. I think she worked on it for something like five years! It seems she obsessed over every detail and tried to avoid any historical anachronism whenever possible.
] Emma discussed with a former prof of hers, Dr. Jean Gooder, which she thought must be the poem that Marianne and Willoughby shared which proved to them how in sync their tastes and interests were. They decided that the poet who most expresses their sensibilities would be Byron, even though he would not have been know when the book was first written, only when it was published.
] Another interesting bit of information is that in an early (1993) read-through of the script Amanda Root read one of the Dashwood sisters (it doesn't say which, but I would assume Elinor) I loved ET's work in the role, but I also think Amanda Root would have made a fine Elinor! Robert Hardy (Sir John) and Hugh Laurie (Mr. Palmer) were also involved in this early read-through.
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