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Kate Beckinsale admires herself as Lady Susan in Whit Stillman's Love and Friendship.

‘Love and Friendship’ is a daring and hilarious take on Jane Austen

Of all the genres and kinds of films that get produced by Hollywood and independent filmmakers in this day and age, few are traditionally more uptight and limited in form that of the period piece adaptation of a classic piece of literature. When dealing with a period piece of any kind, incorporating anything outside of a strictly formal treatment is hard to get away with and will likely alienate the audience, if not a studio even prior to the film’s production or release. Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation, totally defies this tradition, abandoning formal presentation in favor of snappy, fast-paced and humorous dialogue, abrupt musical cues, on-screen text, freeze-frame character introductions, and a host of other atypical inclusions.  Continue reading ‘Love and Friendship’ is a daring and hilarious take on Jane Austen

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