Pride & Prejudice, one of my favorite books, has made it to the big and small screens several times. Some renditions were great and some were pretty bad. Here's a quick rundown of the versions I've seen.
Let's start with the 1940 version. Here's the best I can say about it: It stars Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, and Aldous Huxley was one of the writers. Here's the trailer for that movie:
Next is the 1980 BBC miniseries starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. This version at least got the costumes right and the general plot was accurate. I don't remember being enthralled with it though. I can't find a good trailer, so I'm not posting one.
Then there is my all-time favorite and the most accurate version (except for the fabulous Colin Firth wet shirt scene, that is). I recently got the whole series in the BlueRay reissue. Oh my! Wonderful on the big(ish) TV screen. Sigh.
Now here is my big question, and I mean no offense to the actresses, but why is that that Jane, who is supposed to be the beauty of the family, is never played by an actress whom I consider to be truly beautiful? I guess it's because they don't want to distract the viewer from Elizabeth, but that has always bothered me.
Which is your favorite P&P film?