Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright

1305 WordsJun 20, 20186 Pages
For those that enjoy romantic costume dramas set in England, the 2005 film version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightley and Mathew MacFadyen is the perfect movie to watch on a rainy day while sitting in a comfy chair, sipping hot tea, with a plate of biscuits nearby. Director Joe Wright’s and screen writer Deborah Moggach’s film “Pride and Prejudice” brings a romanticized slant to the world of the Bennet’s where the main dilemma facing the family is what to do with five daughters when their estate is entailed to a male relation. With no material security for the future, the only course open to the Bennet sisters is to marry and to marry well. Elizabeth, the second eldest daughter rebels against this idea and vows…show more content…
There is a magic in that moment which begs a romantic sigh. Wright uses camera angles effectively to manipulate the viewer’s perspective and interestingly was inspired by his back ground in reality television. Catherine Stewart-Beer notes that Joe Wright’s technique of utilizing camera zoom lenses and “long tracking shots” places the viewer right into the action as a bystander. Stewart-Beer continues “Every frame is chock-full of ideas, action and momentum.” At each of the balls the viewer becomes an unseen character thrust into the middle of the dancers. Another method he uses to indicate passage of time is changing the seasons and activities Elizabeth sees as she twirls around a swing (Stewart-Beer). A unique transition occurs when Elizabeth is traveling with her Aunt and Uncle. The camera peers behind Elizabeth’s closed eyelids simulating her view of light and shadow as the open carriage progresses down wooded lanes. The film’s cinematography is enhanced by Dario Marianelli’s music score performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the English Chamber Orchestra. The score was nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score. The music soars with the landscape and sets the mood from the hushed to the exuberant town and dancing scenes. The sound mixing allows the natural sounds of birds and rustling leaves to
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