Now for one of the classics! If you’re a lover of Jane Austin and haven’t already seen the film, Joe Wright’s version of “Pride and Prejudice” is a must. I’ll admit it’s my favourite film and I’ve watched it several times. It has all the old world charm of demure ladies dressed in colourful finery, anxious mothers who are desperate to find their girls a worthy husband and men who exude masculinity. All this is seasoned by the nonconforming attitude of Elizabeth Bennet, played by Keira Knightley, and the banal prejudice of Mr Darcy, played by Matthew Macfadyen.
Mrs Bennet, played by Brenda Blethyn, has five daughters to marry off and, as she has borne no sons, risks seeing her home taken over by their nearest male relative, Mr Collins, who is a pompous country vicar. Her first plan is to engineer a match between her daughter Elizabeth and Mr Collins. But she’s not counted on the independent attitude of Elizabeth who finds this boring clergyman not to her liking.
Amidst a background of social gatherings and the excitement which is aroused by seeing the military come to town, the stormy relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy is born.
This story is deeply romantic and relies on social norms, misunderstandings and, of course, the renouncing of pride and prejudice, to bring it to its satisfactory conclusion. It’s notorious for that one kiss which said more than an explicit sex scene would ever have done.
It won the BAFTA award for outstanding debut for its producer, Joe Wright and the Satellite Award for best Costume Design. The designer was Jacqueline Durran. It can be watched on Netflix and YouTube.