Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday's Film Adaption: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

Jane Austen's comic classic about five sisters out to nab husbands in 19th-century England.
Release Date: July 26, 1940
Release Time: 117 minutes

Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennet
Laurence Olivier as Fitzwilliam Darcy
Mary Boland as Mrs. Bennet
Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane Bennet
Ann Rutherford as Lydia Bennet
Frieda Inescort as Caroline Bingley
Edmund Gwenn as Mr. Bennet
Karen Morley as Charlotte Lucas Collins
Heather Angel as Kitty Bennet
Marsha Hunt as Mary Bennet
Melville Cooper as Mr. Collins
Edward Ashley Cooper as George Wickham
Bruce Lester as Mr. Bingley
E.E. Clive as Sir Willam Lucas
Majorie Wood as Lady Lucas
Vernon Downing as Captain Carter

1940 Academy Awards
Best Black and White Art Direction - Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse - Won

Jane Austen's classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.
Release Date: September 24, 1995 – October 29, 1995
Release Time: 327 minutes (6 parts)

Jennifer Ehle - Elizabeth Bennet 
Colin Firth - Mr Darcy 
Susannah Harker - Jane Bennet 
Julia Sawalha - Lydia Bennet 
Alison Steadman - Mrs Bennet 
Benjamin Whitrow - Mr Bennet
Crispin Bonham-Carter - Mr Bingley 
Polly Maberly - Kitty Bennet 
Lucy Briers - Mary Bennet 
Anna Chancellor - Miss Bingley 
Lucy Robinson - Mrs Hurst 
Adrian Lukis - Wickham 
David Bamber - Mr Collins 
Lucy Scott - Charlotte Lucas 
Lucy Davis - Maria Lucas 
Emilia Fox - Georgiana Darcy
Marlene Sidaway - Hill 
Barbara Leigh-Hunt - Lady Catherine De Bourgh
Tim Wylton - Mr Gardiner 
Rupert Vansittart - Mr Hurst
Joanna David - Mrs Gardiner
Nadia Chambers - Miss Anne De Bourgh 
David Bark-Jones - Lt. Denny
Lynn Farleigh - Mrs Phillips 
Christopher Benjamin - Sir William Lucas 
Roger Barclay - Capt. Carter 
Kate O'Malley - Sarah
Norma Streader - Lady Lucas
Paul Moriarty - Col. Forster
Victoria Hamilton - Mrs Forster
Anthony Calf - Col. Fitzwilliam
Sarah Legg - Hannah
Annabel Taylor - Maggie
Harriet Eastcott - Mrs Jenkinson

Best Actor - Colin Firth - Nominated
Best Actor - Benjamin Whitrow - Nominated
Best Actress - Jennifer Ehle - Won
Best Drama Serial - Nominated

In class-conscious England near the close of the 18th century, the five Bennet sisters--Elizabeth, or Lizzie, Jane, Lydia, Mary, and Kitty--have been raised well aware of their mother's fixation on finding them husbands and securing set futures. The spirited and intelligent Elizabeth, however, strives to live her life with a broader perspective, as encouraged by her doting father.
Release Date: September 16, 2005
Release Time: 127 minutes

Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet
Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy
Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Bennet
Donald Sutherland as Mr Bennet
Tom Hollander as Mr William Collins
Rosamund Pike as Jane Bennet
Carey Mulligan as Catherine (Kitty) Bennet
Jena Malone as Lydia Bennet
Talulah Riley as Mary Bennet
Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Simon Woods as Mr Charles Bingley
Tamzin Merchant as Georgiana Darcy
Claudie Blakley as Charlotte Lucas
Kelly Reilly as Caroline Bingley
Rupert Friend as Mr George Wickham
Rosamund Stephen as Anne de Bourgh
Cornelius Booth as Colonel Fitzwilliam
Penelope Wilton as Mrs Gardiner
Peter Wight as Mr. Gardiner
Meg Wynn Owen as Mrs Reynolds
Sinead Matthews as Betsy

Academy Awards
Best Actress - Keira Knightley - Nominated
Best Original Score - Dario Marianelli - Nominated
Best Art Direction - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer - Nominated
Best Costume Design - Jacqueline Durran - Nominated

Best Film - Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Brenda Blethyn - Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer - Joe Wright - Won
Best Adapted Screenplay - Deborah Moggach - Nominated
Best Costume Design - Jacqueline Durran - Nominated
Best Makeup & Hair - Fae Hammond - Nominated

Golden Globes
Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - Keira Knightley - Nominated
Best Film – Musical or Comedy - Nominated




Author Bio:
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.









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