Comparisons are hideous, we can’t help but make them, they never do anyone or anything justice. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ from 1995 is one of those works that, depending on when you’ve seen it, will fall on one side of the scale or the other.
In my case, having seen the 2005 movie ‘Pride and Prejudice’ an uncountable number of times made me, almost without wanting to, compare and recall scenes. But I have to say that this has never meant that I have enjoyed less of this round series that the BBC brought us 25 years ago, quite the opposite. If you are an austenite, nothing will prevent you from finding it perfect.
For six episodes, Jennifer Ehle Y Colin Firth give life to Elizabeth Bennet Y Fitzwilliam Darcy respectively. They are the undisputed protagonists of one of the most recognized love stories of all timeBut without those close to him, the whole of the work and, in this case, the series would have lost much of its charm.
Something that ‘Pride and Prejudice’ stands out for is the scathing portrait it makes of the society of its time. The enormous criticism that the writer sought to make known through her characters does not go unnoticed for a moment. All of them, whatever their social position, are imperfect and, needless to say, they all play a complex role that creates an accurate and complete social representation, a whole social study from the point of view of a woman in the 19th century.
The six episodes are a clear example of those personalities. It does not matter if you are part of the most buoyant nobility or that on the contrary you find yourself a tad lower in the ranks. There are things that unfortunately may never change and this version knows how to shape and show them. Pride and prejudice move almost all of our first impressions.
It does not change what is key prevailing need of the mother of the Bennet family to “place” her daughters. She is a character who is not capable of thinking of anything else, which makes her almost as hateful as it is impertinent. Everything Mr. Darcy thinks of her falls short. The interpretation of Alison Steadman is sublime, only the interpretation of Anna Chancellor, that sister that nobody would want as a sister-in-law, manages to overcome her in rejection in this series. Both actresses embroider complicated roles and give that touch of maliciousness so necessary to the series to focus the viewer’s attention on that human and reflective part that it intends to leave us.
Where perhaps the thing laps a little more is in the sisters, although it is probably because I have too idealized those of 2005. Lydia, he is still that hated character with Mr. Wickham, and with good reason. Such is the swagger and impudence of both that we can even speak of a caricature of the lowest in the human being.
The way of behaving and the dialogues are so successful that it seems to us that we are in those social gatherings trying not to die of the shame of others which means even breathing the same air.
But let’s talk about the one we all know is the character you have to laugh with the most. David Bamber He acts as Mr. Collins, Mr. Bennet’s clergy cousin, who will arrive at a certain point to keep everything. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1995) especially raises the voice around his figure, since by the simple fact of being a man, he manages to inherit instead of his cousins, leaving all the females in his family at his mercy. Here if they are right with the casting.
Home Sweet Home
One of the things that always catch our attention in the recreations that are made of the novel are the wonderful locations in which the action is set.. In the case of the 1995 play, there are two key locations that, moreover, are mentioned on more than one occasion by the protagonists as total catalysts of the plot.
We started, of course, with Mr. Darcy’s home. Not only is the character’s large annual income praised, but also that he owns half of Derbyshire. Surely on more than one occasion you have wondered where that impressive construction is located and especially that lake from which Colin Firth rises so majestically.
«I think I should date it to the time I first saw your Pemberley gardens«
While in the 2005 film the location chosen to pass through Pemberley was Chatsworth House, here we have to scroll to Lyme Park in Cheshire If we want to see the exteriors shown in the series, and if, on the contrary, we want to enjoy the interiors, we must travel to Sudbury House en Derbyshire.
Lyme Park it is neither more nor less than a house with Elizabethan and Palladian touches encased in a beautiful facade. A whole movie venue, no wonder it was chosen. By the way, Sudbury House can visit you, so if you want to walk around a dream film set, without all those inconveniences, here is the perfect option.
The Bennet sisters’ home es Luckington Court, a beautiful mansion that has been in recent years, not so recognized for appearing in this version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1995), but because it was rumored that it could well end up being the home of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. Yes, that’s how I have remained, ojiplática.
Due to its excellent locations, this series manages to make us live in a realistic way within the series. Seeing it is like being transported to another era, one in which we are very comfortable and to which we seem to simply return, it never gets strange.
Not everything is a crush at first sight
Finally, we can only talk about the elephant in the room. Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship is perhaps one of the closest and most faithful to the work ever covered. Both actors are the soul of the series, without them, despite everything we have discussed above, the BBC series would have gone much more unnoticed.
The moments of contained tension that we face are counted by dozens, there are almost as many as sidelong glances, bittersweet gestures, and contention. Colin Firth probably went with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1995) to the pantheon of the gods of more than one film fan / series fan, and the same happens with Jennifer Ehle, who is proud despite the large amount of mixed feelings she has to deal with in your role.
The relationship in this romantic story starts off on the wrong foot, but time, knowledge and the maturation of the characters allow for a happy ending. It is not a fairy tale, it has some touch, we will not deny it, but it seems real, credible and above all natural, because of the human reactions of its characters. Hence, it survives time and captures new generations.
Is this your favorite partner / version? For me the jury is still out, but I would repeat the viewing frequently and each time I would be able to enjoy some new aspect, which says everything about her.
Jane Austen brought her literary work to light around 1813Since then, her legend as a writer has only grown until to place oneself in the Olympus that every writer wants to reach, that of timelessness. This 1995 miniseries is only a small representation of that fascination and attraction that Jane Austen and her worlds awaken.
A series of an absolutely impeccable invoice, which has solid performances in its favor. If by any chance you have not seen this version yet, you have to. It is indispensable in that category that we know as “vintage.”
Trailer for ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1995)
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Costumes and Makeup
Edition and assembly
- Recreation of spaces and wardrobe
- A story you never tire of
- The secondary ones, unforgettable