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Jolly Good Emma

Jolly Good Emma

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 15th 2016

The many faces of Emma Thompson – actress, writer, director, producer, activist, wit – are wrapped up inside a prize package of personality, prestige and perspicacity that turns 57 today. The two fa

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Spinning Rickman's Plate

Spinning Rickman's Plate

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 16th 2016

One of the most daunting challenges she faced while writing the screen version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1995), Emma Thompson says during her Audio Commentary on the film’s Twilight T

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The Remains of Greatness

The Remains of Greatness

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 5th 2015

The magnificent moviemaking troika of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was always noted for developing its own projects and had come into its own

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Sense and Sensibility and Swamps

Sense and Sensibility and Swamps

Posted by Mike Fnnegan on Oct 23rd 2015

Twenty years ago, Jane Austen was an in-demand scribe indeed. The six-hour BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, pre

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