Pride & Prejudice | Film | The GuardianSign in. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
Pride & Prejudice
Natural behaviour is not, however, what we have paid to see. Screenwriter Deborah Moggach's adroit version of Pride and Prejudice cheerfully satisfies the traditional demand for the conventions of bowing and bonnets and breeches and balls - these last held in rooms the size of the House of Commons debating chamber. It is a world in which swoon-inducing countryside is seen bathed in a golden sunset or the hazy dew of morning, in which there is hardly a footfall out of doors that does not dislodge a hen or a goose, and in which no door opens without a toppling entry of eavesdropping sisters. This is a movie from Working Title and the word has been that Jane Austen, that ancestress of romcom, would here find herself being influenced retrospectively by Working Title's great authors Richard Curtis and Helen Fielding. I could only see one touch of this: a silent moment at the end of a ball in which kindly Mr Bennet comforts one of his plainer daughters for not having had a romantic success.
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After all, Austen's narrator signs off her beautifully pitched dramatic exposition of Elizabeth's parents with something that sounds like a categorical declaration: "Her mind was less difficult to develope [sic]. Take that famous opening sentence, for example: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. And after all, whose opinions are being presented here? He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and every body hoped that he would never come there again" prominent among this "every body" being Mrs Bennet, of course. Why, then, might Austen feel the need to let Mrs Bennet so far into the narrative texture of a novel that clearly sees her as an object of ridicule? In this light, Mrs Bennet can be seen not as an aberration within the world of Pride and Prejudice , but more as an excessive, pathological response to a genuine social grievance. Austen couldn't avoid them, nor does her fiction try to.
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