Stamina by Joe Wright Pride and Prejudice: A Fan Favorite for Focus Features’ 20th Anniversary
The universal truths of Jane Austen’s masterpiece come to life in this vibrant adaptation
By adapting Jane Austen’s classic novel into the beloved 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice, the producers of the film recognized a real need to be filled. “Pride and Prejudice has provided the template for so many romantic comedies that it’s surprising that no proper film has been made for 65 years,” explained producer Paul Webster. With Deborah Moggach’s script closely tied to Austen’s story, Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice brought a vibrant new visual language to the classic romance, leaving Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) to fall in love as if for the first time. The film’s ability to capture so perfectly the strange and heady logic of love that Jane Austen wrote about makes it is one of Focus Features’ most beloved films. As Storm exclaims“No matter how many times Pride and Prejudice is adapted for the big screen, the 2005 film will always have an audience! To celebrate Focus Features’ 20th anniversary, we’re highlighting some of Focus’ flagship films in September, like Pride and Prejudicethat characterize everything audiences love about Focus Features movies.
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For Pride and Prejudice‘ box of chocolates’ towards which the television turns.” They cast first-time filmmaker Joe Wright for his fresh take on classic material. Setting the story in the late 18th century, a time of political and economic turmoil, the filmmakers sought to avoid “stereotypes of a perfectly clean regency world”. Considering Austen “one of Britain’s first realists”, Wright explained“I wanted to do Pride and Prejudice real and gritty – and be as honest as possible. Part of that realism for Wright was capturing the raw emotions of the characters. “The emotions they experience are those of young people falling in love for the first time,” note wright. “I was moved by that and sought to convey it.”
By casting actors who truly matched the characters’ ages, Wright presented a full social order, filled with both amorous teenagers and older ladies. “The cast here is more perfect than in any… adaptation I’ve seen,” Remarks Living room. From romantic protagonists of Knightley and Macfadyen to established actors like Donald Sutherland and Judi Denchto newcomers like Carey Mulligan and Jena Malone, the cast brought new energy to the cozy world of Austen. “What emerges on screen feels contemporary while preserving the nature of the character study,” Express USA today.
Wright’s new version of Austen’s masterpiece has now become a classic in its own right. In ratings of the film and television adaptations of the book, Pride and Prejudice regularly appears at or near the top of the list. Movie Slash ranked it as their best adaptation of Austen for the way it captures the author’s unique way “delighted in the humor that resulted when she gave her protagonists the opportunity to make a fool of themselves”. For many reasons, Pride and Prejudice continues to captivate viewers. His popular Facebook fan page, Devoted Fans of Pride & Prejudice (2005), tells how much the film still means to people. Without a doubt, the film, like the book, proves to be a fan favorite for reflecting universal truths. “People still fall in love today,” Wright acknowledges. “We love being told that love exists, and this story is a joyful and satisfying affirmation of that.”
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