Pride and Prejudice vs. Pride and Prejudice
By Samantha McNulty
Every Austenite has their own favourite moments from the many movie or miniseries adaptations of the six books by Jane Austen. They differ from person to person, of course, but some seem to reoccur on a regular basis whomever you ask.
Today, I’m going to concentrate on the two latest Pride and Prejudice adaptations; the BBC’s six part miniseries that starred Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in 1995 and the film adaptation of 2005 that starred Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
Within these two movie adaptations there are many moments that can be chosen from that may be classed as Top Moments. Below is my top five moments from each movie adaptation.
Note: They are in no particular order. I couldn’t decide.
Top 5 Moments (P&P 1995)
1. The look between Darcy and Elizabeth when she and the Gardiner’s are dining at Pemberley.
Do I really have to explain why I like this scene? I love it because in my eyes, it’s the first time Lizzie openly acknowledges her feelings for Darcy.
3. The walk down the lane before the wedding.
I love the simplicity of this scene and that Darcy follows his heart and not the harsh words of Lady Catherine. Go Mr Darcy!
4. Lady Catherine v. Elizabeth standoff.
5. The lake scene.
Firth in a wet linen shirt, boots and breeches. Need I say more?
1. The Meryton Assembly.
The 2005 adaptation seems to show a country assembly better than the previous mini series. The scenes seem to have a lot more action and gaiety. It reminds me of modern day events.
Just like the 1995 series, the conversation is witty and wonderfully written in to the dancing. I wish I was there to overhear that conversation.
3. Darcy’s first and failed proposal.
The whole rejection of the offer of marriage and the social intercourse of this entire scene is superb! I can feel how both characters are feeling just in the way they deliver the dialogue.
4. Standoff between head strong Elizabeth and Lady C.
Again, this scene is wonderful. Lizzie refusing to back down and Lady Catherine demanding that her wants and needs be met.
5. The accepted proposal between Darcy and Elizabeth.
This scene is so beautiful! I love watching the sun on the horizon as the two acknowledge their love with a kiss.
These are my top five moments from each of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations. I would love to hear what your top five are. Are they the same as mine, different or are your top moments from the earlier adaptations?
Thanks for sharing your favorite moments, Sam! I know they're certainly some of mine, too (but lets face it, any moment with Lizzie and Darcy is a fave...). What were some of your faves, my Janeites? I assume, of course, that you've seen both versions - both very different from each other, and both stunning in their own ways - but if not... Ahem. *points down*
Get on that.