Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jane Austen-ish Movies

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenplay: Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin
Dramatization: Helen Jerome
Based on book by: Jane Austen
Starring: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier
-Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult.

=====> A good rendition of Jane's tale, but with big hooped dresses that reminded me more of the southern belle fashion. Many amusing scenes to me were when the ladies seemed to float around the room with quick short steps.

Giggled when Mrs. Bennet exclaimed "Looks-a-daisy, what a commotion."

A little bit of action going one with a carriage racing scene.

AND, there is a racy scene where Lizzy strips down to pantaloons!

Bit o'sip sip gossip...

A film based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon will begin production this summer. Charlotte Rampling stars as Lady Denham in a screenplay by British playwright Simon Reade. Jim O’Hanlon, who directed the 2009 BBC production of Emma, will direct the movie.

=====> No doubt, Charlotte Rampling will be amazing in this!


Mr. Darcy would like to know...

What was the last Jane Austen themed movie you watched?


* image source: Sanditon

* part of Pemberley... a party (schedule)


  1. Oh boy! I can't wait for the Sanditon movie.

  2. Honestly, I can't recall off the top of my head - but I'm with Sophia, I'd love to see Sanditon :)

  3. The 1940 P&P was my introduction to Jane Austen way back in 1966-67. I was in my first year at secondary school and it was shown on TV here in the UK on Sunday afternoon. I was 11 at the time and loved it so much that I checked the book out of the school library the next day. That was when I discovered the liberties that film makers take with classic literature but have to admit to being somewhat disappointed that the archery scene wasn't in the book! I'll always have a soft spot for that version, despite it's flaws, otherwise I may never have read any of Jane's wonderful works.

    The most recent Austen themed film I've watched is the wonderful Bollywood onspired Bride and Prejudice. Love all the big song and dance numbers!

  4. How could Huxley ruin one of the greatest English novels of all time?! I've always assumed he was just a jealous pip. This version is just all 10 ways of awful and I can excuse a few "extra" scenes ;-).
    I am looking forward to Sandition.


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