I recently watched for the umpteenth time the BBC version of
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
with Colin Firth (swoon) and Jennifer Ehle. It’s a BBC series I can’t seem to get enough of. – it’s a wonderful
romance filled with misconception, suspense, great language and a happy ending.
I’m not writing a book review; I want to talk about the
various film and television versions of the book. It was first adapted to the screen in 1940
and starred Greer Garson and Sir Laurence Olivier. This version is a classic
black and white film, and the director, Robert Leonard created a madcap romp
prose. I personally love both actors and was satisfied with this “
the BBC created their television adaptation.
This version has given me many long hours of torment and
pleasure watching Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth dance on the edge of happily ever
after – until the final scene when all my prays are answered.. As I said before, I can’t get enough of it,
and if you haven’t seen it, run to your nearest video store and rent it.
Now we come to the big screen version starring Keira
Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. I
wasn’t a big fan of that film. TOO MUCH
REALITY. From the opening scene of
meadow to her home, we see her bare feet, the dirty, mud soaked edges of her dress,
and a really bad hair do. I’m sure that
was the way it was in the 1800’s, but when it comes to romance – I don’t need
During the assembly ball, you can see the sweat stains around the men’s
collars, the women’s dresses are winkled and it’s obvious that there wasn’t
enough ventilation in the hall; in fact most everyone seems in need of a bath,
you can almost smell the scene and it ain’t pretty.
Here’s what –. Miss
Austen does not describe her heroine as barefooted, hair askance, with mud
dripping off her petticoat – no she does not. If it were an adaptation of Dickens who would care – it’s what you’d
expect. Nope – when it comes to Pride and Prejudice, please sir, may I
have some frills?