Film / Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is hands down Jane Austen's most famous work and Adaptation Overdosed and Re-imagination Overdosed. Every decade or two, The BBC or other TV or film studio goes on a Jane Austen kick and remakes the famous works as miniseries or film. Pride and Prejudice also gets a lot of Setting Update treatment. There are Bridget Jones books and movies, Bollywood versions, Lost in Austen, or web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
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TV Tropes gives you the film and miniseries versions of Pride and Prejudice:

     The 1940 film
  • Hollywood Costuming: Sometimes the Gorgeous Period Dress in adaptations was from the wrong period; in the 1940 adaptation, the Bennet girls are dressed in 1860s hoop skirts and are all wearing heavy cosmetic makeup in the 1940s style, complete with false eyelashes and dark shiny red lipstick. It may have been necessary, given that Elizabeth and Darcy were played in that adaptation by actors well into their forties. It should also be noted that in this instance, the costumes were recycled from Gone with the Wind — the studio was on the verge of bankruptcy and had to take as many shortcuts as they could. Likewise, heavier makeup was also common practice for black and white filming since it shows up better in the lack of color.
  • Secret Test of Character: When Lady Catherine de Bourgh shows up at Longbourn to talk with and intimidate Elizabeth, she warns Elizabeth that she is the trustee of Mr. Darcy's estate, and if he marries Elizabeth he'll be left penniless. Elizabeth says poverty would be nothing new for her. In this version, Lady Catherine is just testing Elizabeth to make sure she's not marrying Darcy for his money - and that she's got the gumption to stand up to him when he needs it.

     The 1995 miniseries

     The 2005 film
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Jane Bennet and Darcy's sister are given Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold; fittingly though, as both are pure and innocent girls, and their hair colour is never specified in the text.
  • Adaptation Expansion: This film contains many scenes and lines of dialogue which did not exist in the book.
  • Almost Kiss: Between the principles durning the proposal/fight. After yelling at each other, the two stare, pant, lean in...and bid each other an angry good day!
  • And Starring: Judi Dench in the CBB.
  • Book Ends: The first and second-to-last scenes are shots of characters on a meadow at dawn.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The adorable scene at Mr Collins' house, where Darcy makes the most incredibly awkward conversational gambits ever heard by human ears.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The costume designer said that she did this to differentiate the sisters and reflect their respective personalities.
  • Domestic Abuse: In the 2005 movie, a background event suggests this is the future of the Wickhams' relationship. The director's commentary states it unequivocally.
    Did you see her hem? Six inches deep in mud. She looked positively mediaeval.
  • Empathic Environment: During the stormy exchange between Lizzy and's storming.
  • English Rose: Jane.
  • Funny Background Event: A Running Gag in the extended ballroom scene at Netherfield. When Mr. Collins approaches Lizzy, Mr. Bennet can be seen glowering in the background. When Lizzy is dancing with him, Jane is slightly out of focus but looking back and forth between them with a mix of alarm/amusement. Darcy stalks past the camera several times, staring intently at Elizabeth as he goes, until he pops up suddenly and asks her to dance.
  • Genki Girl: Lydia and Kitty, but the former more so.
  • Headbutt of Love: Lizzie and Darcy at the end instead of a kiss.
  • Held Gaze: Darcy and Lizzy lock eyes for the entirety of their dance, and often thereafter.
  • Hidden Depths: Dame Judy Dench imbues the otherwise overbearing Lady Katherine with a sense of tragedy merely with her nuanced delivery of one line.
    "If I had ever learned, I would have been a...great...proficient."
  • Lip-Lock Sun-Block: The Big Damn Kiss at the end is backlighted by a rising sun.
  • Meaningful Look: Miss Darcy looks knowingly at Darcy and Elizabeth when Elizabeth visited Pemberley. She absolutely knows her brother loves Elizabeth!
  • Palette Swap: Word of God said she made Lydia and Kitty wear almost the same attires to have a a visual asymmetry between them and to serve as mirror images of each other.
  • Romantic Rain: Mr Darcy's first proposal takes place outside in the Rosings Park during a rainfall (unlike in the novel where it happened in the Hunsford Parsonage). Lizzy refuses him and it's full of passionate love/hate tension.
  • Running Gag: "How is (insert character name)?" "S/he's (insert location)".
  • True Blue Femininity: Jane Bennet.

Alternative Title(s): Pride And Prejudice