Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship, adapted from Jane Austen, reviewed.Based 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. After being unceremoniously turned out of the Manwaring estate due to her dalliance with the married Lord Manwaring pronounced "Mannering" , she and her companion Mrs.
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Each hour-long show, improvised from scratch based on a title suggested by the audience only seconds before, purports to be one of these lost masterworks. Stillman has always specialised in pointed comedies of manners that are Austenian or Jamesian in essence: Metropolitan , Barcelona , The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress explored love and etiquette with an archness that made them resemble period pieces in modern dress. In , he also made a promising Amazon pilot, The Cosmopolitans ; more episodes are in the offing. No wonder the dialogue and romantic imbroglios of Austen fit him so well. But the pleasures extend in every direction — even the one-line biographies with which each character is introduced are hilarious. Even so, the picture will do exceptionally well. Posh-frock fans will fall on the film with gratitude, like Dylan disciples clapping ears on a rarely-heard demo.
Now, with his new film Love and Friendship , out next week, he gives us his version of a story by Austen, though one that is little known. He has adapted a novella — or, more accurately, a sharply curtailed novel — called Lady Susan , which Austen probably wrote in the mids, when she was 19 or Neither of these tales was published in her lifetime, and neither was intended for publication. Lady Susan promises much. The eponymous leading character is intelligent, accomplished and utterly amoral. Lady Susan is a beautiful widow in her mids who gets her kicks from flirtation and psychological manipulation.
Far more of a free spirit with a more unconventional personality than anyone else around, Susan shows up unannounced at her brother-in-law's estate and intends to stay — at least until she can find a husband for her daughter and a new one for herself while she's at it. With its focus on a woman who defies categorization and rebels against a system meant to hold her down, many are hoping that Love and Friendship is based on a true story. - Love and Freindship [ sic ] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen , dated