Reading the diary May 21-27--random thoughts
Posted by Barbara on February 16, 1998 at 13:42:44:
One thing I love about reading the diary is that I keep finding new reasons (excuses) to watch the movie yet again! YAY!
At the mention of the sheep collapsing, and then the sheep appearing shorn behind Margaret and Marianne when they had not been before, now I am curious to see this (any bit of minutiae will do as a reason!)
This part of the filming also mentions one of my favorite scenes--where Marianne was sketching the silhouette of Willoughby. The sadness, envy and longing in Brandon's eyes are so sad in that scene. It is a perfect example of a film showing us something that we can never see, or perhaps even fully imagine from reading the book.
I particularly love the part on May 26 when the scene of Marianne and Elinor in night dresses with braided hair is being filmed. There is a discusssion about Emma and Kate sometimes looking less than perfect in their shots. Emma writes: "Ang says, that's not what it's about, looking good. We agree, fervently." Now obviously that observation was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it is one thing I enjoyed about this film--that the actresses and actors were allowed to sometimes not to look their best. S&S doesn't have as much of this quality as Persuasion, for example, but much more so than Emma2 and even P&P2 (we all know that in the scenes where Darcy was supposed to look sweaty (fencing!!) or dishevelled and bedraggled (the pond!) he looked perhaps the best of all!) At no time in Emma2 or P&P2 did anyone look as horrendous as Elnior crying over Marianne's sick bed, or the colonel waiting in the hall outside or even Elinor figuring out how their meager income can allow for buying beef. She looks almost haggard there.
It seems like during the filming "It's in the book!" became quite the inside joke/catch phrase on set.
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