There have been many incantations of Elizabeth Bennet in a multitude of formats. Books, big screen films, plays, as well as several TV adaptations. I personally prefer Jennifer Ehle’s portraytion of our Pride & Prejudice heroine, but I know not everyone agrees with me.
I have to admit, I also like the passion that Keira Knightley puts into the speech when first proposed to by Darcy,(Matthew Macfadyen), but I think shes a little to thin, and her clothes a little to dowdy. I would have hated living in the 19th century if I had to wear brown and green dresses like Keira, especially if all my siblings were cavorting about in pretty floral patterns.
Anyway I digress, what I wanted to know is, who is your favourite Elizabeth Bennet, and why. Here are some of the contenders.
Keira Knightley 2005 film & Gemma Arterton 2008 Lost in Austen
Elizabeth Garvie 1980 TV series & Greer Garson 1940 Film
When I watch the 1940 film version, I am struck by the number of inaccuracies, and although Miss Garson was a superb actress, it put me off this version. Now in the 1980 TV series, I find the acting a little wooden, and it seems dated by todays standards. But having said that, it was a true rendition of Jane Austen’s book, something that had never been done before or since.
So, make your choice and leave a comment.