Christmas DVD review – ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1940)

Hello everyone! 🙂

This is a review on one of my Mum’s Christmas presents for this year!

Before the 1995 BBC drama serial with Colin Firth and the 2005 film with Keira Knightley, there was a 1940 film of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with Laurence Olivier. I bet you didn’t know about that, as this film is rarely talked about.

I’ve seen this version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ before when I was very young, but I’m afraid I have vague memories about it and it was before I watched the other versions with Colin Firth and Keira Knightley. Re-watching this film again for Christmas 2016 has brought back happy memories for me.

I enjoyed watching this version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with Greer Garson as Elizabeth Bennett and Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. It’s an interesting and entertaining version of the story, but it doesn’t follow closely to the novel by Jane Austen, as there were changes made on the plot and characters.

It seems that the filmmakers of 1940 took liberties just as the filmmakers of today in the 21st century! There were lots of scenes that I recognised and found familiar from other adaptations of the story. But this version didn’t have Darcy’s home Pemberley and the plot’s end was a bit rushed.

I enjoyed the performances of Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier as Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy in this, although I’m not sure that their interpretations of the characters were true to the original book. I recognised Ann Rutherford (who was in ‘Orchestra Wives’ with Glenn Miller) as Lydia in this movie.

The 1940 film version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ has been very enjoyable and entertaining indeed. It doesn’t match to what Jane Austen originally wrote in the novel, but it’s a very charming film. There were plenty of comedic moments featured in the film as well as romantic between Lizzie and Darcy.

I hope to write a detailed review on the 1940s film of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ soon to my blog.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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