Pride and Prejudice is February’s Classic Tuesdays event at the National Gallery, Castellani House next week.
British director Joe Wright made his feature film debut with this much-lauded adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (2005), Jane Austen’s famous novel.
According to a press release from Castellani House, despite notably edited plot lines, the depth of character and circumstance of the original are conveyed by a first-rate and largely British cast of stage and screen actors, brilliantly conveying the great humour, charm and ironies of the story.
Film actress Keira Knightley and acclaimed young stage actor Matthew MacFadyen play the lead roles of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, joined by renowned actress Dame Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Burgh, aunt of Mr Darcy, and Donald Sutherland as Mr Bennett, the father of the Bennett sisters. Excellent supporting roles include, most notably, Tom Hollander as the comic Rev Mr Collins, the Bennett sisters’ cousin and potential suitor, and Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Bennett.
The production is also enhanced by an art-filled stately home and dramatic rural landscape locations, period costumes and an original music score, all of which, including many of the acting performances, received award nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and other major awards, and prizes from critics panels and film festivals.
This acknowledged originator of modern-day love stories can be viewed at Castellani House, Vlissengen Road on Tuesday at 6 pm.
The film’s running time is 2 hours and 9 minutes. The public is cordially invited to attend this event and is advised that arrangements are in place at the National Gallery in the event of inclement weather or a power outage.