Jane Austen on film

I watched the old school Pride and Predjudice today – the really really old school one, with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Normally I avoid this film because it is possibly the worst ever remake of a book. That said I really enjoyed it today. Even with the Victorian costuming and befuddled plot lines, Greer Garson makes an amazingly pretty and witty Lizzy Bennet.

As I was watching, a number of things jumped out at me as being extremely familiar.

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Here is Mr Darcy walking past a funny tent thing.

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Elizabeth and Mr Darcy offend each other over archery (also subconciously flirting).

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Charlotte and Jane play with some puppies after Mr Bingly breaks Jane’s heart.

I’m sure I am not the first person to notice this, but here are some scenes from Emma:

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Emma and Harriet embroider under a funny tent thing.

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Emma and Mr Knightley offend each other over archery.

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Emma and Harriet play with some puppies after Mr Elton breaks Harriet’s heart.

Weird, hey! It’s not even the same story but those scenes are filmed in very similar ways.

[Crossposted at janeaustenfans]

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3 thoughts on “Jane Austen on film

  1. chrs_vg

    The archery scene is a reference at the PnP 1940 movie.It says so in imdb.I have never notice the puppy scene.Maybe its a reference too.I have seen both movies, but I do not realy care much about them although I am a huge Austen fun.

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