Welcome to the Jane Austen Movie Club, where like-minded people get together (virtually, if not always virtuously) to chat about, cheer for, or chastise a different Jane Austen movie or television adaptation on the first Tuesday of every month. Newcomers always welcome!
This month: the 2005 feature film of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! Also known as:
(1) the one with Keira Knightley;
(3) the one with, you know, the, um, pig;
(4) the most-ranted-about Austen pic since Rozema’s MANSFIELD PARK…
(Yes, I know we talked about this P&P when it came out, but that was SO long ago!) đź™‚
To make discussion easier, here are some names to help jog memories:
Keira Knightley — Elizabeth Bennet
Rosamund Pike — Jane Bennet
Talulah Riley — Mary Bennet
Jena Malone — Lydia Bennet
Carey Mulligan — Kitty Bennet
Donald Sutherland — Mr. Bennet
Brenda Blethyn — Mrs. Bennet
Sylvester Morand — Sir William Lucas
Simon Woods — Mr. Bingley
Kelly Reilly — Caroline Bingley
Matthew Macfadyen — Mr. Darcy
Rupert Friend — Mr. Wickham
Tom Hollander — Mr. Collins
Judi Dench — Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Penelope Wilton — Mrs. Gardiner
Peter Wight — Mr. Gardiner
The DIRECTOR is JOE WRIGHT, who also directed the upcoming film “Atonement” (also starring Knightley), plus a TV miniseries about Charles II (starring Rufus Sewell — wish I’d seen that!)
DEBORAH MOGGACH is the SCREENWRITER, and as far as I can tell it was her first screenplay for a feature (she has multiple television credits, including the 2002 version of “Love in a Cold Climate,” in which Rosamund Pike [Jane Bennet] co-starred.)
In the past, I’ve often put some questions here to help start the discussion, but somehow I suspect that there is absolutely no need for them this time. đź™‚
Casting, costumes, screenplay, anachronisms, scenery, houses, bonnets, gloves, hair, accessibility, humor, etc?
Let the discussion begin!
Next month, we’ll be discussing the BBC NORTHANGER ABBEY from 1986!
Cara King, author of My Lady Gamester and frequent hat wearer