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It must have been daunting to bring Jane Austen's period drama to the big screen for the first time in 65 years. Not only is the 1940 Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson version seen as a classic, but it was also followed by a number of revered TV adaptations - notably the 1995 BBC production starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. So it's to his credit that debut director Joe Wright does such a beautiful job with his gutsy and less idealised interpretation. Focusing on wit and intellect rather than heaving bosoms, he presents his Regency heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) as a waspish tomboy, able to run rings around sullen bachelor Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) with her spirited ripostes. Though mournful Macfadyen can't match Firth's scorching magnetism, Knightley is a memorable leading lady, as delightful to watch as her well-shot surroundings. The support cast is strong, too, with Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland particularly exceptional as Lizzie's marriage-obsessed mother and doting father.
Elizabeth Bennet is one of five sisters whose mother is determined to find them suitable husbands. The arrival of a wealthy gentleman and his friends at a nearby mansion leads to an introduction between Elizabeth and the aloof Mr Darcy, to whom she takes an instant dislike. However, an unexpected attraction eventually develops. Period drama based on Jane Austen's novel, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Judi Dench.
Cast & Crew
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
DVD and Blu-ray
16 Sep 2005
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