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Review: Love & Friendship

Let's face it, part of the reason we all flock to period drama adaptations of Jane Austen's work is that to a certain extent, we know what to expect. We know it's likely to be beautiful, with rich costumes and sweeping music. It's also likely to be slower paced than regular cinema, taking its time over character developments to advance the plot in small motions. Love & Friendship, last year's adaptation of Austen's early novella Lady Susan, disregards those unspoken…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroes

After our definitive ranking of the heroines, it's time to look at Jane Austen's heroes. They're a far trickier bunch, since Austen approached her narratives from the female point of view and we see the men through their perspective. Not only that, but they're given less character development too. This isn't a big problem, but it has led to the heroes being frequently defined instead by their portrayals in screen adaptations, which offer far more opportunities for a detailed take.…

Silence: First Trailer Released For Martin Scorsese’s Much-Anticipated Period Drama

Martin Scorsese's film Silence has taken a remarkable 26 years to be completed: a passion project, the famed director has been carefully planning this film epic for years. Based on a novel by Shusaku Endot, it's a period drama set in the 17th century, that follows two devout Portugese priests as they travel to Japan. Scorsese, who was raised a Roman Catholic, has always been fascinated by faith, and judging by the time and care taken, this film is clearly intended…

The 5 Best Modern Interpretations of Classic Texts

Traditional period dramas are beloved for their accurate historical costumes and otherworldly setting of different manners and perspectives. However, when you take their literary sources and transplant it into a world that’s familiar, do they lose their power? Not always. If these adaptations are anything to go by, sometimes a classic text is as comfortable in the 90s and 2000s as it is in its own setting of corsets, letters and no electricity. Here’s the best and why they work… Clueless…