Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

I have recently viewed Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley

which I enjoyed. Jane Austen's timeless classic continues to enthrall and enrapture with a beautiful enduring love story set during an elegant time in England of an earlier century. Jane Austen wrote of the times which she knew and was familiar with.

Keira Knightley is a believable and strong-willed Elizabeth Bennett. I have seen previous versions where Elizabeth has appeared more animated and vivacious though I did like Keira Knighley's portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett in this production. Mr Darcy, played by Mathew Macfadyen seems

darkly brooding and moody initially, quite unlike the outgoing personality and aimable nature of his friend, Mr Bingley.

I enjoyed the romance of the film and the portrayal of England at this time, the social mores, customs and expectations placed on young women of this era.

Elizabeth is from the Bennett family of five sisters at a time when women were expected to marry to secure their futures. There are moments of humour and traces of sadness in the story.

Special features of the dvd include the life and times of Jane Austen and the stately homes of Pride and Prejudice including Burghley House, Wilton House and Chatsworth House.

A wonderful film to watch! Fascinating and enjoyable!

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