|PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (1940)|
Robert Z. Leonard
|"An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins. And I will never see you again if you do."|
|Time: 117 mins.|
Rating: Not Rated
Won Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
|CAPSULE REVIEW Though I'm a fan of both Jane Austen and drawing room comedies, I have to admit the only reason I sat through this classic flick was to see Laurence Olivier. I just can't resist him. I haven't seen him in many things, but from what I have, he absolutely mesmerizes me. He, of course, is one of the best things about this adaptation. What surprised me was Greer Garson. She just lights up the screen in this tale of love, marriage and social standing. The film centers on the Bennet family and their trials and tribulations in trying to find wealthy, upstanding husbands for the 5 daughters. Garson plays the oldest, a smart, witty woman locked in a love/hate relationship with the rich, yet arrogant Mr. Darcy played by Olivier. While they are onscreen, the film crackles with energy, when they're not, the hijinks of the other daughters and their love problems get a bit tiresome. For some reason, they didn't bother me as much in the book. Maybe because you got to know them better. Overall, this is a pretty lively film about romance in the old days, but nothing you'll remember the day after. Maureen O'Sullivan, Bruce Lester and Edmund Gwenn also acquit themselves well, making their characters stand out from the crowd. If you enjoy costume pics with wit and humor, this one will entertain you well enough.|