Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1940. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, from the dramatization by Helen Jerome of the novel by Jane Austen. Cinematography by Karl Freund. Produced by Hunt Stromberg. Music by Herbert Stothart. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Adrian. Film Editing by Robert Kern. Academy Awards 1940.
Devastatingly good adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, a surprise considering how very condensed the story is from its original source. Greer Garson makes a wonderful Elizabeth in this tale of complicated love and parlour mayhem, who at first interests the attention of stone-faced Mark Darcy (Laurence Olivier at his most dashing) but rejects him on principle: the man continually proves himself to be a snob, or so she thinks. When it becomes possible to believe that there is mistaken information between the two of them that, once cleared up, could lead to real romance, both parties in question soften. Amidst all this, her four sisters get themselves into their own baskets of trouble. Period details are a major fail, but the energy is wonderful.