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Pride and Prejudice: 1995

Pride and PrejudiceIt is a truth, universally acknowledged that the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice is the most wildly popular dramatization of Jane Austen’s work ever to grace the screen, large or small. No other work has inspired such fan devotion, being the source of countless websites, news articles, and even books. Until this time, we had movies that were based on the novel by Jane Austen. Now we have novels which are based on the Jane Austen movie! P&P2, a co-production of the BBC and A&E television, was shown in Britain in the fall of 1995 and in the USA in January, 1996.First imagined in 1986 when Producer Sue Birtwistle and screenwriter Andrew Davies met at a showing of Northanger Abbey, the film took nine years to create from start to finish and remains the measuring stick of all other Jane Austen films. Continue reading Pride and Prejudice: 1995

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Sense and Sensibility: 1985

Sense and Sensibility Before Pride and Prejudice, there was Sense and Sensibility. Though written first, it was not the first version of Jane Austen’s work filmed. Instead, it was the capping production of the BBC’s 1970-1980’s spate of Austen adaptations. First shown in 1985, with a screenplay by Alexander Baron (known for his 1980’s productions of Poldark, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist and Vanity Fair…he seems almost to mirror Andrew Davies’ proclivity!) and directed by Rodney Bennett (Dr. Who, Madame Bovary), this Sense and Sensibility is a much more complete or true to the book version than it’s 1995 counterpart. Continue reading Sense and Sensibility: 1985

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Pride and Prejudice: 1979

Pride and Prejudice In 1979, Pride and Prejudice was once again tapped for screen material. This time it was the BBC who put forth their efforts on behalf of Jane Austen (though the forty years between tries were by no means the “Dark Ages”. There were several television and radio adaptations, which sadly have not been transferred to video. I am concentrating on the video adaptations at this time.) This Pride and Prejudice (P&P1) was shown in the USA in five episodes on Masterpiece Theater between October 26 and November 23, 1980. Continue reading Pride and Prejudice: 1979