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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Love and Friendship (2016)

This is an 18th century period piece that reflects the concepts of women and their wily ways.  while I am not totally on board with that concept of feminine wiles, this is a pretty enjoyable movie to watch, with lots of period costumes and backdrops.  This is unsurprisingly based on an unfinished Jane Austen novella entitled Lady Susan.  Kate Beckinsale plays the lovely but conniving Lady Susan, who uses all sorts of means to get the man that she wants for herself and to wed her daughter to a man who has fortune but nothing to recommend him as a companion.  As the daughter says, he is not objectionable as a person, just as a husband.  The daughter has allies, and she has wit as well, and she is able to outmaneuver her mother and still appear quite charming while doing so.  This is streaming on Amazon Prime, so downloadable.  I watched it on a long flight where I had elected to go in a middle seat with the chance of getting home earlier rather than wait for a more comfortable seat on a less convenient flight. 

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