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Academy Award winners Sir Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson star in thefilm adaptation of Jane Austin's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Thesocially conscious Mrs. Bennet (Mary Boland), with the begrudging helpof her husband (Edmund Gwenn), sets out to find suitable--and suitablyrich--husbands for her five daughters. The already difficult projectbecomes even more complicated when Mrs. Bennet's strongest-willeddaughter, Elizabeth (Garson), decides to pursue rich and handsome, butcynical and boorish, Mr. Darcy (Olivier). But Elizabeth will only winMr. Darcy on her own terms--and only after exacting genteel revenge forhis initial indifference toward her in this story of romance, wit andmanners.]]>
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I think the movie is the best of the lot. I realize that the movie was made in the 1940's, and the sets and costumes are not totally accurate, especially when compared to the fine latter day versions (I especially like the Colin Firth one)... But all in all, this movie, the 1940 original with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, is in my opinion, head and shoulders above all other film adaptations.
Not because it is more faithful in those details I previously mentioned, but because for all that, I feel like I am stepping back into the past when I watch it, and the essential ideals and concepts and stories which are the cornerstone of Pride and Prejudice are intact and inviolate here as they are in few other movies.
There is a passage in the book, "Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult to affront anybody". This seems to me to sum up not only our dear Lizzy, but Greer Garson as well. She IS ELIZABETH!! Never once when insulting Mr. Darcy did she not seem charming and goodhearted. She is the perfect Lizzy, and in my opinion, most every castmember is the same.. perfect for their roles.
I just love it.
When there are 5 unmarried daughters in any upper-class Regency family, it is sure to lead to trouble! For Mrs. Bennett, the news of a rich, young bachelor (Mr. Bingley) moving to town, sends her into quite a tizzy! She spends all her time scheming & plotting to marry her daughters off to any suitable gentleman in the neighborhood who will take them: Jane, the eldest & prettiest, Elizabeth (our heroine), the second & wittiest, Mary, the third & bookish, Kittie, the fourth & silly, and Lydia, the fifth & silliest. Mrs. Bennett has such a time keeping all her daughters in line, and all (*gasp*) without the help of a governess! The antics of the Bennett family are sure to have you rolling in stitches...
Greer Garson is simply excellent as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennett, and Laurence Olivier is wonderful as Mr. Darcy: Elizabeth is just so independent & intelligent, while Darcy is proud & haughty. Their quick-witted, sometimes tongue-in-cheek dialogues are so entertaining to watch & enjoy! All the cast is simply excellent: Miss Bingley so snotty, Lady Catherine de Bourg so supercilious, and on and on...
This is one I have been waiting ages for the DVD release! This is highly recommended as an amazing piece of Hollywood movie history!!
The story revolves around the upper middle class Bennett family, who live in a small, provincial town. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, wonderfully played by Mary Boland and Edmund Gwenn, have five daughters whom they must marry off. So, when Mrs. Bennett receives news of a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, moving into town, Mrs. Bennett is over the moon with joy. She soon begins maneuvering her daughters, so that perhaps one of them may be taken off her hands in happy wedlock.
Jane Bennett, beautifully played by the lovely Maureen O'Sullivan, manages to engage Mr. Bingley's heart at a local ball. Elizabeth Bennett, intelligent and articulate, manages to capture the interest of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley's even wealthier best friend. Greer Garson is superlative in the role of Elizabeth, while Laurence Olivier is perfect in the role of the arrogant, soon to be humbled by love, Mr. Darcy.
Mr. Darcy, drawn to Elizabeth, falls in love with her, but makes a proposal of marriage filled with such snobbery that Elizabeth, who has since discovered that Mr. Darcy had negatively interfered with Jane's romance with Mr. Bingley, is repulsed and turns him down. Elizabeth later finds out through the machinations of Mr. Darcy's aunt, delightfully played with autocratic hauteur by Edna May Oliver, that perhaps she had misjudged Mr. Darcy, and she overcomes her prejudice against him.
Driven by a love that sees him humbled, Mr. Darcy puts away his pride and overcomes the snobbery he initially felt towards the Bennetts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a gift! It was great! My mom and I are huge fans of Jane Austin, and love the different adaptations! Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Shanna Rose
Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier seemed to have a real on-screen chemistry. Though I haven't read the book, I found the story charming and witty, with several "lol"... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Richard
Very nice adaptation, Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier are well cast as Lizzie and Darcy as is the rest of the ensemble. Read morePublished 5 days ago by boosmom96
The original screen version, done with humor and subtlety. A wonderful film. Can't beat the classics!Published 24 days ago by L R
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