Sunday, January 18, 2009

Film Persona: Kate Winslet Part 1- Socially Unacceptable

The first phase of Kate Winslet’s persona includes her three first movies. In these movies, she builds her resume by playing roles involving young women which society cannot accept.  In Heavenly Creatures, she plays a young girl who is torn away from her best friend because one of their mother fears that the young girls may have a lesbian relationship. In Sense and Sensibilty, she plays Jane Austen’s penniless Marianne Dashwood. And in her last ingénue role, she plays the mentally unstable Ophelia.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
I have yet to see this movie.  But what a great debut for such a promising talent? A conniving teen who plots the murder of her best friend's mother.
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Sense and Sensibility (1995)
I could not imagine a better match against Emma Thompson's Wit than Kate.  She does Period pieces with such ease.  She often poked fun of people's image of her as an actress who can only play corseted roles.
Directed by Ang Lee

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Hamlet (1996)
She played Ophelia in this Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation.RecentlyUpdated4_thumb3

 

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