PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
2005, Focus Features, 128 min, UK, Dir: Joe Wright

Keira Knightley throws off sparks as independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters whom parents (Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn) and aunt (Judi Dench) are hoping to marry off to local gentry in Georgian-era England. But the arrival of two eligible young bachelors, Mr. Darcy (Mathew Macfadyen) and Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods), throws a spanner into the works. Jena Malone also sparkles as the youngest and least mature sister, Lydia. Director Joe Wright puts an equal emphasis on period and emotional realism as well as romance and humor, balancing the elements as to not only remain faithful to but enhance the trenchant social observations of Jane Austen’s original classic novel


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