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Core 100 Adaptation in Digital Age: Pride and Prejudice

This LibGuide is designed for students to locate film and television adaptations of the novels we will be reading in class.

Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice

This page provides options for viewing adaptations of Pride and Prejudice The adaptations are available on DVD, through the library's streaming video collections, through The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's system, or from other commercial streaming sites such as Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. I have divided the viewing into boxes according to type of access. 

Note: To access items from The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, you will either ned to 

  1. search OhioLINK, through Xavier's library webpage. There’s a link at the top of every record that says Search Ohio. When you click on that, you get a list of the item available in the public libraries and can request it just like you do regular OhioLINK items. 
  2. obtain a (free) account/library card and check out the DVD there. If you act early enough, you can have the DVD delivered to and reserved at the library branch closest to you. 

Free DVD check-out: On Reserve at the CLC

Below are DVDs that are available at the CLC. You may check them out for viewing. 

Pride and Prejudice (1940 film)

PN1995.9.M27 P7534 2006

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (2001)

PR4034.P75 2001

Pride and Prejudice (2006)

PN1997.2.P751 2006

Online Viewing: Xavier LIbrary Streaming Services

Pride and Prejudice (MGM 1940)

118 minutes

This acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's most famous novel stars the great Laurence Olivier as Darcy, who first scorns and then falls in love with the charming Elizabeth Bennet, played by Greer Garson. Aldous Huxley assisted with the screenwriting. The New York Times called the production "a crisp and crackling satire." Also starring Maureen O'Sullivan and Mary Boland. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Produced by Infobase Classics. Provided by Films on Demand.

Online viewing: Hulu

Pride and Prejudice (BBC 1995) 

6 episodes @ ~54 minutes each (total: 5 1/2 hours)

This is the adaptation that kickstarted a new round of modern adaptations, modernizations and appropriations. Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. 

This is probably the most comprehensive adaptation (though LBD is the longest at 8 hours). It can be a good companion to the text. You might want to watch one episode at a time, as you keep up with the reading. 

Streaming: Amazon Prime or rental

Pride and Prejudice (BBC 1995) 

6 episodes @ ~54 minutes each (total: 5 1/2 hours)

This is the adaptation that kickstarted a new round of modern adaptations, modernizations and appropriations. Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. 

This is probably the most comprehensive adaptation (though LBD is the longest at 8 hours). It can be a good companion to the text. You might want to watch one episode at a time, as you keep up with the reading. 

 

Pride and Prejudice (MGM 1940)

118 minutes

This acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's most famous novel stars the great Laurence Olivier as Darcy, who first scorns and then falls in love with the charming Elizabeth Bennet, played by Greer Garson. Aldous Huxley assisted with the screenwriting. The New York Times called the production "a crisp and crackling satire." Also starring Maureen O'Sullivan and Mary Boland. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. 

 

Pride and Prejudice (Universal Studios 2005) 

128 minutes 

This is the most recent period piece adapting Austen's novel. This provides a rustic and warm take on the novel. It's pretty condensed, and incorporates a lot of elements that Austen would have (and did) scoffed at in her other novels: confessions in the rain, running across fields, public displays of emotion. Also, this happily-ever-after ending (the last two minutes or so) was crafted just for American audiences. Starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfayden. 

Online viewing: Appropriations

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Screen Gems 2016) 

107 minutes (available for rental on Amazon)

This version takes the events of our beloved novel and adds a twist: zombies. It may not deliver either story perfectly, but it sure is funny to hear those key scenes from the book--including some proposals--while the characters are engaged in mortal combat. Starring Lily James. 

 

Bridget Jones's Diary (Lionsgate 2001) 

98 minutes (available for rental on Amazon) 

From Amazon on this modern appropriation: "Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, COLD MOUNTAIN, 2003; CHICAGO) and Hugh Grant (LOVE ACTUALLY, TWO WEEKS NOTICE) star in a delightful comedy about the ups and downs of modern romance." Also starring Colin Firth, who played Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC version, as Mark Darcy. It's meta! 

 

Bride & Prejudice (Lionsgate 2005) 

111 minutes (available for rental on Amazon) 

This version gives us the adaptation Bollywood style: it's a musical! Singing and dancing while hate-flirting. What could be more romantic? 

 

Death Comes to Pemberley ( PBS 2014) 

3 episodes @ 58 minutes each

Elizabeth and Darcy, now six years married, are preparing for their annual ball when festivities are brought to an abrupt halt. An adaptation of PD James's homage to Pride and Prejudice. Starring Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode.