The AFS Screening Series at LPCA 3.0 continues Fri. & Sat., Jan. 20-21, at 7 pm with Love & Friendship, writer-director Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s early comic gem, the novella Lady Susan. “Howlingly funny…” raved the New York Times.
Tickets are $7, available in advance and at the door. For reservations and more information, please call the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) box office at (518) 523-2512 or visit lakeplacidarts.org. The Adirondack Film Society Screening Series (AFS) at LPCA resumes February 10-11 with The Beatles: Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years, the critically acclaimed documentary helmed by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind). “The closest you can get to actually being there.”—BBC Radio.
The series continues on March 17-18 and April 27-28, with films to be announced soon. And save the dates for the 2017 Lake Placid Film Forum: Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11! For more information on any of these programs or the AFS in general, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 523-3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lady Susan is believed to have been written in the mid-1790s but revised up to a fair copy prepared in 1805 and finally published by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, in 1871.
Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Austen tales, Love & Friendship concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale, pictured above and below on the left) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. While situated there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter, Frederica, played by Morfydd Clark.
Chloë Sevigny (pictured below on the right), who starred with Beckinsale in Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco (1998), plays Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia Johnson, with the wonderful character acgtor Stephen Fry as her husband, the “very Respectable” Mr. Johnson. The waters are troubled by the arrival at Churchill of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and silly but cheerful—and very rich—Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).
Lady Susan’s designs are vehemently opposed by the DeCourcy clan: Reginald’s sister, Catherine DeCourcy Vernon (Emma Greenwell); his mother, Lady DeCourcy (Jemma Redgrave) and father, Sir Reginald DeCourcy (James Fleet). But Susan’s brother-in-law, magnanimous Charles Vernon (Justin Edwards), prefers to see her, and everyone, with a benevolent regard.
After a series of dramatic turns at Churchill, Lady Susan finally risks destruction when her jealous rival, Lady Lucy Manwaring (Jenn Murray), arrives in London to make a shocking revelation, leading to the denouement of denouements.
“In the past quarter-century or so, there have been too many Jane Austen movies and too few Whit Stillman movies….the release of Love & Friendship mitigates both the shortage and the surfeit. It’s the Whit Stillman movie that some of us have been waiting a long time for….Love & Friendship is howlingly funny, and as a whole it feels less like a romance than like a caper, an unabashedly contrived and effortlessly inventive heist movie with a pretty good payoff.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times