Book vs. Movie: Pride and Prejudice in Film & TV (1940, 1980, 1995, 2005)

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a classic novel in possession of a great love story, must be in want of a screen adaptation. Indeed, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has inspired a wide variety of film and TV adaptations (not to mention musicals, plays, and countless books). In this video, we look at four popular on-screen adaptations and how they compare to the original novel:

Pride and Prejudice (1940 film)
Starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier
Screenplay by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin

Pride and Prejudice (1980 TV series)
Starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul
Screenplay by Fay Weldon

Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series)
Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth
Screenplay by Andrew Davies

Pride & Prejudice (2005 film)
Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen
Screenplay by Deborah Moggach

0:00 Prologue
0:38 Pride and Prejudice (1940 film)
4:29 Pride and Prejudice (1980 TV series)
6:57 Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series)
9:20 Pride & Prejudice (2005 film)
12:03 Epilogue

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Sarah Solis says:

Love the soundtrack in the 2005 version. I used “Dawn” as the processional song in my wedding!

Janet Bishop says:

I hate that in the 2005 adaptation that Keira Knightly sounds like a fishwife when she speaks. Her voice gives me a headache.

Tom Chapman says:

Disappointed that they did not include P&P with Zombies !

Flora Lucas says:

The 1995 version for sure!!! I have watched it at least 30xs

Ivy Ruonakoski says:

1995 hands down!

Anne Feng says:

looking forward the new version of pride and prejudice. It's been 15years since Keira's version.

Karmelita Martinez says:

Amo la version 2005…la mejor ❤

Meloddy O says:

Collins Firth es el único galán, los demás están refeos

ravon624 says:

I love both 1995 and 2005! I’ve always loved Colin Firth and Kiera Knightly and I feel they both played their roles immensely well!!

Ka Pinong says:

2005 my fav :*

Ka Pinong says:

2005 my fav :*

Heather Cheatham says:

1995 is my fav version but I appreciate the cinematography from the 2005, I have yet to see the other versions

RidersinBlack says:

For everyone who loves the 2005 version, you must check out the BBC series of North and South, and Jane Eyre. Thank me later 🙂

Karen Grainger-Allen says:

Never read the book, as I’d rather watch the films and lose myself for an hour or two wondering what it be like to live in that era 💞

doey10 says:

The 1940 movie was how I first discovered P & P aged 16 watching midnight movies. Same year I discovered it was based on book! What a crap education I received.

Marina Guilherme says:

2005 for sure ! Best Darcy and Lizzy versions. Great movie.

Sakshi Gupta says:

Fallen in love with the portrayal of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy in 1995 adaptations. To me, it shows the version as I would imagine while reading novel. Making me fall in more and more love with Elizabeth and Mr Darcy everytime I watch it. <3

Klemátisz Jóni says:

I think the 1995 version is the best!!

alsu Javadova says:

1995 is the best version

mandy deane says:

Far superior in my opinion 1995 version Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. I doubt there will ever be a version to match this the chemistry between Mr Darcy and Elisabeth. The faithfulness to the novel, it's time period and essence, the humour, the brilliant sarcasm, wit, costumes, scenery, dialect and romance it has everything and more. I love it!

Tiffany S says:

I love love love Pride & Prejudice! I've seen the movie and the BBC series with Colin Firth. I must see the other series.

vmariola says:

1995 is the best

Simoni Semensato says:

2005 it's my favorite.

martina says:

the 2005 version all the way for me. I like all of the adaptations but this one owns my heart ❤

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