Pride and Prejudice (1940)
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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
It is a very light version of what life was back in the period of 1810's thru the 1850's. The costumes were great and the dialogue dis jointed at times compared to the newer... Read morePublished 1 day ago by sarah fletcher
One of my favorite versions as I have always been a big fan of both GG and LO. I thought they had great chemistry together and I even enjoyed that it did not follow the book all... Read morePublished 10 days ago by A.M.
It was interesting watching an old film. They make movies so much different nowadays. Some parts were a little overdone and/or corny. It is black and white too. Read morePublished 11 days ago by E. Hawes
I've seen newer versions of Pride and Prejudice but it's a wonder how entertaining this old movie is. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Island
This is my favorite rendering of Pride and Prejudice. Think the reason why is due to it starring the lovely and very talented Greer Garson and that ever handsome rake, Sir... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elle S
The classic, original movie of one of Jane Austen's very best. Great for Olivier/Garson lovers, as well as Jane Austen aficionados.Published 1 month ago by GBM
Greer Garson is perfect and Olivier does well as Darcy. In the hilarious category is Mary Boland. Melville Cooper had a tough character to play - he just isn't very good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven Head
Witty adaptation by screenwriter Aldous Huxley. He takes liberties in order to compress into 90 minutes, but it gives a real sense of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Folta
Item arrived in great time and condition. I love Greer Garson. However, it was hard to believe that she was Lizzie.
The version with Keira Knightley is the best. Read more