Love & Friendship by Whit Stillman | Little, Brown and CompanyBased on Jane Austen 's epistolary novel Lady Susan , written c. The film follows recently widowed Lady Susan in her intrepid and calculating exploits to secure suitably wealthy husbands for her daughter and herself. Although adapted from Lady Susan , the film was produced under the borrowed title of Austen's juvenile story Love and Freindship. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Theatrically released on May 13, , by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios , the film received critical acclaim and was a box office success in North America, though it was not widely released peaking at theaters in its second week. In the s, the recently widowed and relatively young Lady Susan Vernon seeks a suitably wealthy match for her only daughter, Frederica, and a similarly wealthy husband for herself, in order to renew the state of her fortunes.
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If Whit Stillman has his way, that may change. That may be the reason, Stillman tells me when we chat by phone, that Austen never published Lady Susan. I provided the goodness. Take that with a grain of salt: Lady Susan remains deliciously wicked. Stillman and I chatted about his love of Austen, how he reunited Beckinsale and Sevigny they starred together in his film, The Last Days of Disco , and, unrelated, the worst thing that ever happened to him. Why so long?
From the desk of Tracy Hickman:. Lady Susan is a terrible person, but a wonderful character. After two knowing winks from Stillman in two pages: consider yourself warned. The vindication of his maligned aunt, riddled with inconsistencies and bizarre logic, is peppered with tirades on a range of subjects: history, theology, and grammar. These make for some of the funniest passages in the novel. As the reader has perhaps noticed, great care has been taken with the punctuation used in this account. For me, as regards literature, punctuation is what separates true greatness from the merely good—and certainly from the false.
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Now it is the grunge rockers who resemble museum exhibits, while the young fogeys of Metropolitan look timeless. Would it be better in that case not to be true to thine own self? This is a woman whose skill at wreaking havoc is surpassed only by her ability to remain oblivious to the damage she leaves in her wake. She is on the lookout for two husbands, one each for her and her daughter, Frederica Morfydd Clark. In the face of this disparagement, something magical happens to our perception of Lady Susan: she begins to emerge as the only person here willing to defy social convention. Lady Susan, on the other hand, refuses unhappiness. Relish is too feeble a word for what Beckinsale brings to the part.