‘Pride and Prejudice’, the 1995 series that captivated us.

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.

Blessed family

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.

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