VIDEO: Pride and Prejudice (1995)

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On this episode of Stuff You Like: “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you,” weddings, rom-coms, wet and shirtless Colin Firth, villains running off to marry quasi-legal young women, the 1995 BBC miniseries, and why Darcy is so damn hard to get right (hint: Frosty but competent).

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  • Muthsarah

    Ooooo…multi-part!

    P&P’95 is a perfect movie. Just absolutely perfect. It gets nothing wrong. It gets nothing not-just-perfect.

    Film being such a visual medium with very different rules of pacing, is it reasonable to say that just filming a book – with only the tiniest of changes – doesn’t exactly make for great cinema, just great literature in another form? P&P’95 doesn’t look super-cinematic (it does look made-for-TV, but a good kind of made-for-TV), and it’s WAY longer than films “should” be, but it’s still perfect. And it’s a film. So….perfect film? Or just perfect book?

    • Jill Bearup

      Just both are really good, I think.

  • $36060516

    Hope this isn’t a superficial or unwanted comment, but your wedding look is quite nice (no slight intended to your non-wedding look)! Thank you for the informative analysis.

    • Jill Bearup

      Thank you! And you’re welcome.

  • MichaelANovelli

    Is Awkward Turtle still a thing?

  • rpdavies

    I was made as a TV serial of 6 1 hour parts, so a bit wrong to call it a movie, though I remember it was repeated as 3 2 hour parts.

    The location for Mr Darcy’s house was Lyme Hall in Cheshire, not far from me, & I’ve visted it many times.

    Red Dwarf fans my notice it was Lister’s house when he changed the timelines to become an ultra rich popstar.

    I’ve not found the pond yet!

    • Jill Bearup

      I am saddened by the lack of pond. 🙂

  • Julia

    Oh, Colin Firth being broody and stuck-up does wonders for my endorphine levels, I need to re-watch that.

    Awkward … no, I don’t believe the “awkward” bit. I think he (that is, book!Darcy) _knows_ that he is better than the people around him, period. He’s noticeably above average clever, he’s old money, he runs a huge estate and he does it very well. Most importantly: he is from a period that has no problem with the term “social betters” and the concept that old established families are better than the nouveau riches (hi there, Mrs Elton), and that’s that. Yes, blowing yourself up about being from an old established family and have little else going for you makes you an air-headed, self-centered fop (I’m looking at you, Sir Elliot), but for Darcy’s time, the concept still holds true.

    Not that I think that alone is why he’s such a loner at social events. I think it’s because of Caroline Bingley and her dozens of clones and their mothers, who all view him as the ticket to upward mobility, and rush off to plan weddings when he just smiles at some young woman. Caroline he can’t avoid, so he ignores her blatant “come and get me” approaches and exudes a constant “I’m not interested in any of you, push off” signal to the rest of the female population. That is what, to my mind, that “she’s not pretty enough to tempt me” is, and the “there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with”. And the refusal to be introduced to any woman at that Meryton ball.

    If you re-read the chapter of the ball: he walks in, every young woman thinks that he (and his 10 k per year) is the coolest thing since printed muslins, he spends half an hour being an antisocial prick and they concentrate on Bingley again. That smells of a lot of practice to me.

    Overly long comment, so I won’t get into Mr & Mrs Bennet.

  • I must be the slowest person in the world because I only just now realized why “Ursa”.