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Literary Adaptation

by Clifford Galiher

The BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is a relatively slim 2 hours and 7 minutes long, meaning that the filmmakers did need to think about ways to condense Jane Austen's elaborate plot and lengthy passages of dialogue. The text from the novel comes from the beginning of Chapter 43, available at (http://tinyurl.com/ok9r7wq).  What strategies does director Joe Wright convey the point of the scene, and how does he visually depict Darcy's estate, Pemberley, and Elizabeth's reaction to it? How does this compare with the BBC miniseries version, and with the way Jane Austen uses words to convey the same things?

Pride & Prejudice (2005 film) - Elizabeth's Visit to Pemberley

A scene from the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice, from Chapter 43 of Jane Austen's 1813 novel. Would you consider this a loose, faithful, or strict adaptation? How does this compare to the equivalent scene from the 1995 miniseries?

from Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Creator: dir. Joe Wright
Distributor: Focus Features
Posted by Clifford Galiher
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