Love and Friendship

June 6, 2016

Tally ho, Austenites!  There is a new movie with beautiful drawing rooms and sumptuous gowns and men in frock coats and witty banter.  Huzzah!  This is an adaptation of Austen’s early novella, “Lady Susan,” which I have not read and now must because I want to see if Austen really wrote all those catty comments about Americans.

This was charming if not earth-shattering, and really embraces the witty and comic side of Austen.  It’s meant to be ridiculous.  Sir James now replaces Mr. Collins as the most ridiculous character in all of Austen.

Meta:  I couldn’t stop thinking about how Kate Beckinsale — Lady Susan — and Chloe Sevigny — Mrs. Johnson — also play friends in another period movie, The Last Days of Disco, which I somehow can’t stop thinking about and seems to constantly be relevant to other situations.  I can’t explain it.

Side note:  So Osprey Cam.  For awhile they had to put a viewer discretionary advisory on the site because three of the four chicks died.  I wanted to share something happy and then it turned into Nature Death Cam.  I feel awful.

But chick #4 and parents seem to be doing fine.  I’ll be over here crossing all my fingers.



5 Responses to “Love and Friendship”

  1. caericarclight Says:

    I really need to watch The Last Days of Disco sometime, if only because Javier Grillo-Marxuach has stated seeing Matt Keeslar in it convinced him that if The Middleman ever made it to live-action, Keeslar had to be the character.

    I caught a preview for Love and Friendship and it did look like it could be enjoyable. I’ll put it on the list.

  2. carriev Says:

    Keeslar’s character is totally the paladin in that movie. I can see what Grillo-Marxuach was thinking.

  3. Speaking of Kate Beckinsale in period movies, have you seen Cold Comfort Farm? It’s got her, plus Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Rufus Sewell, and Ian McKellen as a gloriously hammy fire-and-brimstone preacher.

  4. Trai Says:

    The comments about Americans are all Whit Stillman, the writer/director, I believe to justify casting Ms. Sevigny without her feigning an accent. If you weren’t aware, The Last Days of Disco is also a film of his, so that’s why Beckinsale and Sevigny are reunited here. Lady Susan is a very fast read and the script is largely verbatim, though L&F fleshed out the ending. Stillman wrote a novelization of the screenplay under the same title that includes the text of Lady Susan.

  5. carriev Says:

    That all makes sense. I’m fascinated with British perceptions of Americans in that really early post-colonial period. I’ve never read that Austen had anything to say — the novels mostly talk about the West Indies colonies.

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