30 June 2016 Susannah

Love and Friendship

Kate Beckinsale Love and Friendship image
Love and friendship movie poster

Poster for the movie, Love & Friendship.

One movie I am especially excited about seeing this month is Love and Friendship. This is a film based on Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan and it is getting rave reviews. It stars Kate Beckinsale and Stephen Fry. Visit the movie website to see the movie trailer and reviews.

Lady Susan is a vampish widow, who wants to marry a rich man and also get her daughter married to a rich man. Jane Austen wrote it when she was about 19 years old. The film is directed by Whit Stillman.

I am puzzled by his choice of title for the film. Love and Freindship (the mis-spelling is Jane Austen’s, not mine) was another early work of Jane Austen’s, about two sentimental young ladies and their misadventures, so the use of that title for a totally different work is confusing, but I am thrilled that the film has been made at all so will not cavil too much over what it has been named.

Do read Lady Susan, which was first published in 1871, before you go and see the film – it is a very funny work and shows how Jane Austen’s genius was flourishing even when she was a teenager. I’ve provided links below to download an ebook or an audio book, both free from Project Gutenberg.

   Project Gutenberg: Lady Susan
   Project Gutenberg: Lady Susan

So, which did you prefer, the book or this new film adaption? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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Featured image credit- Kate Beckinsale as Lady Susan in Love & Friendship. from: http://loveandfriendshipmovie.com/
Body image credit- Poster for the movie, Love & Friendship. The poster art copyright is believed to belong to the distributor of the film, the publisher of the film or the graphic artist. By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49201388

Comments (2)

  1. Tom

    This is a cleverly done, well acted, nicely filmed spoof of these kinds of period piece stories. It is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, as Jane Austen often was, making gentle fun of the “drama” and moral standards ( and sometimes lack of them) of the members of higher society in that era. Really a fun movie to watch, on many levels. Kate Beckinsale especially shines in her role…

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I agree, Tom. It is a very clever adaptation and Kate Beckinsale was fabulous. My main complaint was that I really did not like the actress playing her friend Alicia and cannot see why they had to make her American.

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