Reviewed by: Otto van Tuyl
|Featuring:||Colin Firth … Mr Darcy
Jennifer Ehle … Elizabeth Bennet
Susannah Harker … Jane Bennet
Julia Sawalha … Lydia Bennet
Alison Steadman … Mrs Bennet / Mrs. Bennet
Benjamin Whitrow … Mr Bennet / Mr. Bennet
Crispin Bonham-Carter … Mr Bingley
Polly Maberly … Kitty Bennet
Lucy Briers … Mary Bennet
|Producer:||British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
|Distributor:||British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
A&E Television Networks
A&E Home Video
This BBC film for television is intended for those who like period drama entertainment. The film is based on the book of the same name by Jane Austen (1815) and is the third attempt of filming the book (1995), with the leading roles of Elizabeth Bennet taken by Jennifer Ehle and that of Mr. Darcy by Colin Firth.
This version, produced by Sue Birtwistle, is also the definitive version. The cast of this 4 hour film is absolutely superb and could not be better. Even if period drama is not your main interest, you will find yourself rapidly drawn into this story: the arrival of the very wealthy Mr. Darcy causes enormous excitement in the Bennet family. Spirited daughter Elizabeth judges him on first impressions and on the malicious gossip of friends, and rejects his advances. In the midst of the romance of her older sister and the later elopement of her youngest sister with the Mr. Wickham, she finds herself again in Darcy’s company. Gradually her opinions of the proud young man begin to change. This famous romance runs its bumby course amid a host of delightful characters and the background of grand English stately homes and beautiful countryside and music. The pride and the prejudice of most of the characters are shown up throughout the film, often in a very humorous way.
Although Elizabeth’s youngest sister runs away with wicked Mr. Wickham, the film shows nothing offensive to Christians and the immorality of Lydia’s elopement with Mr. Wickham is properly addressed.
The costumes are excellent. The visual settings and music is an absolute delight as well. The film follows the book very closely. Withouth a doubt the best period drama I have ever seen.
In a time where it is difficult for committed Christians to find high quality entertainment, this film is sure to delight. The video might be difficuly to get hold of. It is produced by BBC Worldwide Ltd. [Make sure to get the correct version, which is the one with the cast and producer as mentioned above and filmed in 1995.]
Also see: “Becoming Jane” (2007)