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Pride and Prejudice (Dutch import)

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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson
  • Format: Import, PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A7SEAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pride and Prejudice (Dutch import) plays in English

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This adaptation of Jane Austen's novel P&P is definitely not faithful to the original plot. Still I cannot help, but be surprised at the disappointment some of the fellow reviewers expressed over this fact. They seem to have forgotten what film making was in 1940. I am not an expert on the history of film industry, but I am aware that it was definitely NOT about staying truthful to the original book when adapting it on film. As a result, it did not come as a shock for me when I saw it for the first time. On the contrary: I simply accepted that this was the way it used to be and then nothing could stop me from enjoying the film immensely.

I think that the Greer Garson - Laurence Olivier duo as Elizabeth and Darcy was fantastic. Garson was original and spirited and Olivier was attractive and aloof at the same time. The chemistry between them worked just fine. So did the chemistry between Jane and Mr Bingley, excellently characterized by Maureen O'Sullivan and Bruce Lester.

Mary Boland was delightful as Mrs Bennet and Edna May Oliver great as Lady Catherine, it was not her fault that she was given a very different character to play (yes on this point I have to say that her pretending to be formidable while she is good at heart was a bit far-fetched). Frieda Inescort was a deliciously snooty Caroline Bingley.

OK, so the costumes seem like they were borrowed from "Gone with the wind", still, it couldn't destroy the delightful, light atmosphere of the film as a whole. It is a delightful comedy of manners and thus one should treat it as such.
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The 1940 Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson is one of the most warming and uplifting films of the period. Garson is absolutely terrific - beyond comparison - and the main and supporting cast are quite stunning. The final scenes are fantastic and the finale is very touching in its own way. The film's pace is quite furious after the first few scenes, but the film is much more affectionately scripted than the BBC version - although that is also very much worth watching. The 1940 film nicely complements the 1995 version and they are never in competition.

If I could only take a few films to a desert island, this would be one of them. Buy it for anyone over thirty: and sit back and watch the warm glow of appreciation. Not to be missed.
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By A Customer on 7 Oct. 2004
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I know this really is a bad adaptation of Pride & Prejudice if you feel you have to be faithfull to the book,but taking that into account they made it really a lot of fun!! Olivier is fantastic whatever you do!!Even if you're a maniac about the book (which by the way I am) you have to enjoy this version
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All right, so the costumes are all wrong (apparently MGM were getting some wear out of their left-over 'Gone With The Wind' dresses) and there is no visit to Pemberley, and Lady Catherine turns out to be a friend rather than a foe; but this is an undeniably entertaining romp, in which the stars, and especially the supporting players give their all. The dialogue is sparkling, by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin - in fact (sacrilege, I know) most of the best lines never appear in the book! But, as it says in the opening credits, it is 'based on a dramatization of the novel' so never claims to be a faithful copy. Greer Garson is a little old for Elizabeth, but she plays off well against Olivier, who does a very passable Darcy. They carry off the (entirely invented) Archery Lesson scene very well. The chief joy in this movie is among the supporting players, Melville Cooper excels as Mr. Collins, Edmund Gwenn is a comforting presence as Mr. Bennett, but Mary Boland as Mrs. Bennett and Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine all but steal the picture.
Mary Boland as a frantic mother trying to marry off five daughters, is mostly hysterical, but is given some wonderfully acid dialogue:

'Mary, try to sparkle a little! (Mary attempts a brilliant smile) Just a little!'

'Mr. Darcy! Well, this is an honour! First Lady Catherine, and now you!' (To Mr. Darcy)

'I do hope he'll overlook me disliking him so much!' (of Mr. Darcy)

Edna May Oliver steals the whole movie for this reviewer in almost the last scene. This again, is entirely invented, Lady Catherine reporting back to Darcy outside Longbourn after interrogating Elizabeth.
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I hadn't seen this film since I was a child, and didn't have the highest expectations having heard throughly mixed comments surrounding it. I can honestly say that it was an absolutely lovely surprise. No, it isn't completely faithful to the novel, but neither is any other adaptation (not even the much loved 1995 version- I don't remember any scene in the novel where Darcy takes a bath or a dip in the lake), and it's true that the costumes are far more Civil War than English Regency, but this is one of the rare examples in which it doesn't really matter because it's just so charmingly done.

Greer Garson is simply magnificent as Elizabeth Bennet- poised, intelligent, gracious and witty and is excellently matched by Laurence Olivier's Darcy. These two prove that you don't need a wet shirt to create sizzling chemistry. The supporting cast is excellent, particularly a brilliant performance by Mary Boland as Mrs Bennet, who perfectly embodies the character's comedy and desperation without descending into caricature. Maureen O'Sullivan is a charming Jane, Edmund Gwynne a most sympathetic Mr Bennet, and Marsha Hunt is great fun as the bluestocking sister Mary.

This will probably never be my definitive P&P, but there's still so much in it to enjoy and I think it captures the gentle humour of the novel perfectly. Enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it isn't.
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