Pride and Prejudice (1940)

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“Pride and Prejudice” is a 1940 romantic drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. The film is based on Jane Austen’s classic novel of the same name, published in 1813.

The story is set in rural England during the late 18th century and follows the five Bennett sisters, who are of marriageable age and come from a respectable family, but lack a sizable inheritance. Mrs. Bennett, their mother, is eager to see them all married to wealthy suitors, especially the eldest daughter, Jane.

The story revolves around the romantic relationship between Elizabeth Bennett, the second eldest daughter, and Mr. Darcy, a wealthy and proud gentleman. Despite their initial dislike for each other, they are drawn together as they become more aware of each other’s true character.

Along the way, there are numerous misunderstandings and obstacles to their relationship, including the intervention of Mr. Darcy’s snobbish aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who disapproves of the match.

The film also features the comedic antics of the Bennett’s eccentric cousin, Mr. Collins, who is intent on marrying one of the Bennett sisters and securing his future inheritance.

In the end, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy overcome their pride and prejudice to declare their love for each other and embark on a happy future together.

The film was well-received upon its release, with particular praise for Garson’s portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

Robert Z. Leonard

Aldous Huxley, Jane Murfin, Jane Austen

Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland

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