My sister and I, along with the rest of the world, gave cries of dismay yesterday when we heard the sad news of the death of Alan Rickman.  That towering British actor who has moved us and excited us in so many landmark roles over the years.

Rather than trying to reprise his entire oeuvre here, I decided to highlight just one major work.  One of my favourites, if not the favourite.  It is the film which my sister and I immediately earmarked as Saturday-afternoon viewing.  Something we would have chosen to watch anyway, but particularly fitting in the circumstances.

It is the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

Alan Rickman is magnificent as the steady Colonel Brandon.  He is the epitome of military decorum, honour and decency, serving the Dashwood family as best he can, while holding back his love for Marianne.

Take a look at this clip, where Colonel Brandon is reading to Marianne.  Who would not want to be read to in this tender way?  Mega-Swoon!!

I won’t say any more – I don’t want to spoil the plot in any way for anyone who has not either read the book or seen the film.  I would urge you to do both – ideally read first, then watch in my view.  But in any event, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to admire great British talent at work, and generally just enjoy a wonderful film.

I will leave you with this great clip, where Alan Rickman discusses filming Sense and Sensibility, and working with director, Ang Lee.

*Mrs Dashwood speaking about Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility directed by Ang Lee (1995)