Saturday, August 18, 2007
Pride and Prejudice
I've seen this picture three times: (on HBO, of course) and it has an excellent screenplay and is really well directed.
Now that I look it up it seems to have won a bunch of awards for screenplay adaptation. Without doubt the story itself is pretty strong to start with, but I feel they did a really good job with it. Deborah Muggach (obviously her real name) wrote the screenplay but IMDB credits Emma Thomson with "additional dialog uncredited". Perhaps I just somehow remained oblivious to this movie when it was in theaters.
It's directed by someone named Joe Wright who's done a lot of (presumably British) TV stuff. There are these nice Altman-style pushes (zooms really) which I've only just noticed this (3rd) time seeing it. They might have mostly been added in post. And the cast is terrific too. I prefer the right side of Keira Knightly's face. In much of the movie however they seemed to prefer a dead-on profile of her left side.