The timeless themes of love and marriage in Jane Austen’s superb romantic comedy have captivated readers for generations. Now, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of its writing, A&E Networks and Britain’s BBC have brought this beloved classic to life in a compelling production, capturing all of the celebrated beauty of the English countryside and its glorious, stately manors. –Image Entertainment
Simon Langton (born 5 November 1941 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire) is a television director and producer. He is the son of David Langton, the actor who played Richard Bellamy in Upstairs, Downstairs.
After he had directed a number of TV drama series and serials during the 1970s, his 1982 dramatisation of the John le Carré novel Smiley’s People was nominated for both a BAFTA award in the UK, and an Emmy Award in the USA. He later won a BAFTA award for the 1989 series Mother Love, starring Diana Rigg.
He is perhaps best known for directing the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in 1995, for which he was also nominated for a BAFTA.
He continues to direct for British TV drama, having lately directed a number of episodes of Rosemary and Thyme and Midsomer Murders. —Wikipedia
How many directors have tried/failed to recreate the Netherfield Ball's dance floor tête-à-tête? It's a confluence of bulletproof acting, writing, editing, and mise en scène. Scrupulously measured in tone—the actors were forbidden to wear makeup and it’s not over-designed like Wright’s 2005 adaptation. The cornerstone is Ehle’s performance, her remarkable co-cast chemistry, and immediate, effortless audience rapport.
Perfect adaptation. Firth really captures what Mr. Darcy really is: a socially awkward penguin.
As close to capturing Austen’s seminal text as a screen adaptation could likely ever do. Firth’s acclaimed Darcy, conveying the gravitas and conceit Laurence Olivier so sorely missed a half-century earlier, is but the face of it: the setting and all the integral chemistry, humour and bite is recreated with not only precision, but grace, and to completely charming effect. Sensibly adapted, splendidly done.