When it's over, this faithful BBC version remains to be my favorite. Running at a good five hours, this production truly captured the essence of Jane Austen's classic story about 19th century society and the pride and the prejudice that constantly comes into play between people from varying classes. Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth, represents the pride, and Elizabeth Bennett, played by Jennifer Ehle, represents the prejudice. Both characters start out disliking each other, but as they challenge one another in conversation and wit, their relationship evolves into one of mutual respect and eventually, love. Director Simon Langton did a superb job unfolding the various plot lines while keeping the tension escalating between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. This is one of those rare films where the casting is perfect throughout, and the script is flawless, thanks to British writer, Andrew Davies, who transcribed Austen's words with such clarity and flamboyance. The sets and costumes were true to the time period, and the locations were breathtaking, especially the grounds of Pemberley, which Austen would approve if she was alive today. This film is truly a treasure, and no matter how many times I watch it, I never tire of Mr. Darcy's pride nor of Elizabeth's prejudice.
My rating: 5 out of 5
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