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[on the 100 Best Costume Movies of all time]. . yet, I was wondering how the 1930's version of Pride & Prejudice could be so deserving as the costumes were inaccurate. Good movie, yes I like it personally, but the A&E/BBC production was much truer to everything, clothing, the book, hairstyles etc. . . as for movies with great costumes, Dangerous Liaisons is a fave of mine, some of the old musicals like, Hello Dolly!, The Music Man, If I can think of a great one I'll write again
It was only inaccurate in the sense that Adrian moved the period from the usually chosen one of 1815 to 1835. The costumes are splendid orgies of 1835 costume, a period that is rarely done in movies. The choice of the more over-the-top Romantic period style costumes for that production were probably a conscious one, based on the very much over the top directing and acting style of the 1930's film. The two match. The 1815 mode goes well with the sort of Masterpiece Theatre mode of BBC period piece less-is-more acting, and so suits it as well. However, I must say I prefer the Elisabeth Garvie/David Rintoul P&P of the 1980's BBC production, not only for acting and costumes, but for the splendidly sharp script by the same author who wrote the book Life and Loves of a She-Devil. Since Austin wrote most of P&P in the late 18th century, (it was published later with some polishing, but the main text was done much earlier) I always wonder why it is never costumed a'la 1795, which is closer to the date, and which has nicer clothes than either period. Still, it is largely a choice based on finding the right choice of style to suit the director's and scriptwriter's style, and not necessarily the book. ---Tara | valign="top" |Google |- | align="left" valign="top" |
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