Sigh. Pride and Prejudice. It's 200 years old today. I wish Jane Austen could have known how long her novel would thrill movie goers and novel readers long after the pages turned yellow and mildewed with age.
I saw the movie with Kiera Knightly and Mathew Macfadyen as soon as it came out here in England, and then I visited most of the locations over the next few years. I finally saw the BBC version with Colin Firth and hated it. I couldn't even finish watching the six episodes, that's how bad it was. It was like an amateur video compared to the lush scenes in the Joe Wright 2005 version. Both the acting and the cinematography were several levels below the film version. With Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland as Mr and Mrs Bennet, it's no wonder the actors from the BBC version was a poor imitation.
I analyzed my love for Mathew Macfadyen as Mr Darcy yesterday on my writer blog: Mr Darcy: The Vulnerable Hero.
Pride & Prejudice: A Peak Experience My review in September, 2005.
Eight Minutes of Syrup: I discovered the American version had eight extra minutes tacked on at the end, to its detriment. When I finally saw those eight minutes on the DVD, I hated them. What a cheesy way to end the film!
Friday Zeedonk Blogging: You won't believe what sort of animals live at Groombridge, the Bennet's residence in the film.
The Royal Mail is issueing Jane Austen stamps. Yes, this is true.