What Is The Similarities Between Pride And Prejudice And Atonement
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Interrelationships in Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007)
Joe Wright (London, 1972 - ) is an internationally acclaimed English film director. He is particularly famous for the cinematic adaptations of two major works within English Literature; that is, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Ian McEwan’s Atonement (2001). In the following essay, I shall discuss the interrelationships that can be found between the two, with a special focus on the central motifs, the audio-visuals, the cast and crew and lastly, the angle taken by Wright himself on his own cinematic production.
Pride and Prejudice and Atonement’s central motifs are to some extent alike. In Pride and Prejudice, the couple has to hurdle both Darcy’s pride and Elizabeth’s derisive prejudice towards him so that they fulfil their love. In Atonement, love is also an important theme, yet Cecilia and Robbie’s relationship is portrayed quite differently. In Pride and Prejudice, love and desire are portrayed in a more sentimental and chaste manner whereas in Atonement the portrait is much more troublesome and passionate. The historical…show more content… As regards soundtrack, both films share composer – Dario Marianelli. Concerning camerawork, the steadicam tracking shot should be highlighted. It is used in both films, in Pride and Prejudice for example, it is used at the beginning of the narrative when Elizabeth goes through the laundry and we enter to the house for the first time, and it is also used at one of the balls. In Atonement, this shot is used to portray a clear image of the war. The use of these shots give the viewer a sense of being inside the story; they engage viewers in the narrative. Besides, when Wright was asked at the Toronto Film Festival whether such shots excited him when he is watching a film, he