Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pride and Prejudice (1940)


If it wasn't practically forgotten, this would be the definitive Austen adaptation. At her most charming and ineffably graceful, Greer Garson is Elizabeth Bennett, while at his most dashing and relaxed, Laurence Olivier takes on Mr. Darcy. They're both, of course, visibly closer to middle age than their characters' true age, but their chemistry compensates.
A man called Robert Z. Leonard was hired to direct and he keeps things animated and zipping at a steady pace. Wisely enough, the script - co-written by Aldous Huxley, no less - is more faithful to Austen's spirit than to her plot, and the picture wraps in less than two hours, well below mini-series length.

dir: Robert Z. Leonard
wr: Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin
cast: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edmund Gwenn, Edna May Oliver, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ann Rutherford, Frieda Inescort, Karen Morley, Heather Angel, Marsha Hunt, Bruce Lester, Ewdard Ashley, Melville Cooper, E.E. Clive


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