Jane Austen Society of North America
2005 Annual General Meeting
October 7-9, 2005
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
PRIDE & PREJUDICE Advance Screening on October 7
This Letter is to be dedicated entirely to Good News.
—Jane to Cassandra, December 28, 1798
Focus Features has generously invited JASNA members to an advance screening of the new PRIDE & PREJUDICE movie during the Milwaukee AGM. (Click here to see movie trailer.)
Only members and their companions who are registered for the AGM may attend. The screening will be on Friday, October 7, at 9:15 p.m. Bus tickets for transportation from the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the theater will be sold at the AGM registration desk ($10). Members may drive to the theater on their own if they prefer. There is no charge for the movie.
Coordinators Marsha Huff and Sara Bowen were recently treated to a
private screening of the film. They report that Matthew Macfadyen is as handsome a Mr. Darcy as
could be wished, and Keira Knightley is lovely and endearing as
Elizabeth Bennet. Keira and Matthew have an extraordinary chemistry, and
their youth is perfectly in keeping with the descriptions of Elizabeth
and Darcy in the novel.
is an attractive and fully developed Mrs. Bennet. Most depictions ignore
the novel’s statement that Mr. Bennet was captivated in their younger
days by her beauty and paint her instead as an elderly scold. The
screenplay manages to humanize Mrs. Bennet, without minimizing her
flaws, as she worries about her daughters’ future, while her husband
is otherwise preoccupied.
also appreciate the attention to detail in furnishings, china, and
lavish interiors, which are nicely balanced with lush outdoor settings.
Letters abound in the movie, as in the novel, and there is even a
sloped writing box like Jane Austen’s. While many Austen adaptations
deck their heroines out in décolletage barely suitable for a London
courtesan, this film takes a welcome, understated approach to Georgian costumes.
In the end, it is the joy of hearing Jane Austen’s
familiar lines delivered by an excellent cast that makes the new PRIDE
& PREJUDICE such a pleasure. JASNA members who attended the
preview of Bride and Prejudice at the Los Angeles AGM recall the
treat of watching an Austen film in the company of kindred spirits. Through
the generosity of Focus Features, members at the Milwaukee AGM will
share the movie we are all eager to see.