Film Adapations

Film and Television adaptation of our favourite stories 
Introducing a new segment! Created to celebrate the release of the new Jane Eyre film (2011) released on March 11 (in the U.S) From Page To Screen is a new segment dedicated to checking out adaptations of our favourite books. Since Jane Eyre doesn't come out in Australia until August (that's a five month difference!) I will start with a class: Pride and Prejudice. 

The Book
Original Language: English
Publisher: T. Egerton, Whitehall
Country: England
Publication Date: January 28, 1813
ISBN: 0679783261
Page Count: 320
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." 
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.
Pride and Prejudice (1813) is arguable the best and most popular of the novels produced by Jane Austen. A favourite of women everywhere, Pride and Prejudice is the romantic tale of the witty and vivacious Elizabeth Bennet and shy, verbose Fitzwilliam Darcy.
There is something amazing about Pride and Prejudice. It could be the oozing sex appeal of Mr Darcy, the dry sarcasm of Mr Bennet or the bright liveliness of Lizzy; whatever it is, it draws people in. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourites, despite being a completely different genre to what I normally read, and it keeps me hooked. I read it at least twice a year, if not more.  The love-hate relationship of Lizzy and Darcy juxtapositioned with the sweetness of Jane and Bingley's courtship is wonderfully romantic.It is a good read for all young women searching for their Mr Darcy, featuring romance, broken hearts, young dashing villains and valiant heroes. The similarities between their tale and the classic Beauty and the Beast stories make it all the more appealing as a fairytale romance for adults.

The Films

Written byAndrew Davies (from the novel by Jane Austen)
Directed bySimon Langton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time55 minutes (each) 

This is my favourite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and with good reason. Not only does the mini-series format allow it to be truer to the story but the chosen actors were superb. Jennifer Ehle is the perfect Elizabeth, a beautiful woman but not in a conventional way, and she has just the right amount of poise as an actress. Colin Firth is my favourite Mr Darcy. I can't imagine him any other way than the sexy but dignified way he is portrayed by Firth. Even Bingley is best portrayed by the mini-series as the beguilingly sweet suitor of Jane Bennet. This is the adaptation I will always recommend to P&P lovers.

Directed byJoe Wright
Produced byTim Bevan
Eric Fellner
Paul Webster
Written byDeborah Moggach
Running time129 minutes
United Kingdom

The 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice isn't great. As a lover of Colin Firth and an eye to detail when bringing a story from the page to the screen, the 2005 version doesn't do it for me. There is a frustrating lack of detail and Matthew Macfaydyen as Mr Darcy is terrible. After seeing the suppressed but ever present passion with which Firth portrays the gentleman, Macfaydyen gives an emotionless front.

I'm very prejudice when it comes to a comparison of these two adaptations of P&P but I encourage everyone who has enjoyed the novel to give them a chance.

More adaptations (imdb results):


Pride and Prejudice (1940)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"

"Pride and Prejudice" (1980) (TV mini-series)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"

Pride and Prejudice (2003)
aka "Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy" - USA (poster title)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"

4.Pride and Prejudice (1938) (TV)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"
5."Pride and Prejudice" (1952) (TV mini-series)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"
6."Pride and Prejudice" (1958) (TV series)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"
7."Pride and Prejudice" (1967) (TV series)
aka "Pride and Prejudice"

A Twist on Austen: 

1."Bridget Jones Diary" (2001) (Movie)
aka "Bridget Jones' dagbog"

"Lost in Austen" (2008) (TV mini-series)
aka "Lost in Austen"

P.S Anyone who is interested. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is being made into a movie. I'll be reading that and other Austen inspired works in June when we celebrate Jane Austen week.


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