The Making of Pride and Prejudice

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The Making of Pride and Prejudice reveals in compelling detail how Jane Austen's classic novel was transformed into the stunning television drama starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. It vividly brings to life every stage of production of this sumptuous series. The BBC’s lavish adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, starring Colin Firth, was eighteen months in the making and continues to captivate audiences today. This indispensable companion to the series is packed with colour photographs, interviews and lavish illustrations. Follow a typical day's filming, including the wholesale transformation of Lacock village into Jane Austen's Meryton. Discover how Colin Firth approaches the part of Darcy, how actors' costumes and wigs are designed and how Carl Davis recreates the period music and composes an original score. Piece together the roles of behind-the-scenes contributors from researchers to fencing masters. Jane Austen could be seen as the mother of the romance novel.Pride and Prejudice, her most popular and enduring work, tells the story of the prideful Elizabeth Bennett, who takes an instant dislike to the haughty Mr. Darcy and finds her suspicions "confirmed" through accounts from his acquaintances. Of course, a love story ensues, and Mr. Darcy melts Elizabeth's cold heart. Pride and Prejudice has been one of the most adapted novels in history. Although many consider the BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth to be definitive, this 2005 film version was a surprise hit. Keira Knightley's performance as Elizabeth Bennett was honored with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman called her "witty, sparking, and altogether superb." MI-5 star Matthew Macfadyen steps ably into Firth's shoes as Mr. Darcy.

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