My pick for Day 6 of the countdown is a little bit of a cheat because it isn’t really a movie as much as it is mini-series. Still the snow is coming down hard outside and I don’t think I will be setting foot outside at all this weekend and so I have lots of time to curl up on the couch and watch the entire B.B.C version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. There are film versions of the story but, as I have mentioned before, Colin Firth is and always will be my Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle is, in my opinion, the perfect Elizabeth Bennett. In the book she is known for three characteristics: a lively sense of wit, an appreciation of the ridiculous, and a “fine pair of eyes.” Ms. Ehle has such expressive eyes, using them to convey a sense of unspoken amusement that I find utterly charming and totally perfect for Jane Austen’s most famous heroine.
In a (somewhat) related topic, I was talking about the countdown with my husband earlier in the week and it occurred to me that there is a little bit of a connection between Pride and Prejudice and my Day 11 pick, Beauty and the Beast. In both you have a spirited, intelligent young woman who both enjoy reading and who both turn down marriage proposals from eligible young men rather than end up with a boorish husband they do not respect. In both movies, our heroine encounters an arrogant gentleman / beast and they do not hit it off. Still as they are forced to spend time together, she gets to know him better and realizes that there is more to him than meets the eye. They marry and live happily ever after.
I am not saying that P&P and B&tB are the same story. It’s just that I now realize why there is so much overlap between the two fandoms.