The movie’s a masterpiece and what makes it so is the music and pictures. They come out of, are chosen from a psychodrama which blends its dual auteurs, Lee and Thompson.
I never tire of it. Here is one of their climaxes:
We are to imagine Marianne playing:
We see a montage of landscapes she is looking through her window out at:
Then listen by clicking: you will see a montage of scenes of Rickman and Winslet together and Rickman alone. (I know, I know. It utterly distorts the movie which is not an erotic love romance. But the YouTube has the original music and you can hear the words clearly.) The words are by Ben Jonson; the music, Patrick Doyle; the singer, Jane Eaglen.
The lyrics also climax Lee’s autobiography which focuses on his conflicts with his father.
A few scenes before Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon read aloud this, another series of verses from a Renaissance poet, Edmund Spenser in Book V of The Faerie Queene by Spenser to Kate Winslet as Marianne:
Sith thou misdeem’st so much of things in sight?
What though the sea with waves continuall
Does eate the earth, it is nor more at all:
Nor is the earth the lesse, or loseth ought,
For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto an other brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.
These connect back to the death of Thompson’s father: the death of a father is central to the thematic music of the film too.
One of my favorite stills: