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 he 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.
The 1995 miniseries
- Meaningful Background Event: Mary can be seen trying to attract Mr. Collins's attention in various ways, including wearing a more revealing dress (for her, anyway) primping herself upon his arrival, and in general being more amiable than when she is with just her family.
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.
- And Starring: Judi Dench in the CBB.
- 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: Word of God 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.
- The Dung Ages: The 2005 movie hewed more closely to this; also in that adaptation, Caroline invokes it when criticizing Elizabeth.Did you see her hem? Six inches deep in mud. She looked positively mediaeval.
- Empathic Environment: Emphasised in the 2005 adaptation.
- Genki Girl: Lydia and Kitty, but the former more so.
- Headbutt of Love: Lizzie and Darcy at the end instead of a kiss.
- 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.
- Woman in Black: Mary Bennet.