PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Literary adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen
Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, in 1775, into a numerous and culturally lively family. Her father, an Anglican pastor, educated her personally and made his library available to her. Between 1787 and 1793 she wrote Juvenilia, three collections of poems, stories and parodies addressed to the amusement of her friends and acquaintances. In 1795, Jane fell in love with Thomas Langlios Lefroy, but due to their social differences the family of Lefroy considered their marriage to be out of the question. In the same year, Jane started working on drafts of her most well-known novels: Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. At that time, writing was not considered to be a suitable activity for a young woman of good stock and so the novels were published anonymously or under a pseudonym. They became successful immediately. In 1816, Jane fell ill and the following year she went to Winchester in search of a cure. Sadly, she died there the same year.
- Juvenilia (collection in three volumes of poems, novels and other writings, 1787-1793)
- Sir Charles Grandison or the Happy Man, a Comedy in 5 Acts (1792-1800)
- Lady Susan (1794-1805, published posthumous)
- Northanger Abbey (1803, published posthumous in 1818)
- The Watsons (unfinished, 1804)
- Sense and Sensibility (1811)
- Pride and Prejudice (1813)
- Mansfield Park (1814)
- Emma (1815)
- Persuasion (1815, published posthumous in 1818)
- Sanditon (unfinished, 1817)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five marriageable daughters: the oldest, Jane, is admired for her beauty, the second-born, Elizabeth, for her intellect and irony, and the younger three for their certain inclination to superficiality. At that time, with no son (and therefore heir to the estate of the family) and a lot of daughters to give in marriage, the close establishment of a young wealthy man does not pass unnoticed at the Bennet’s house. Mr. Bingley immediately shows an interest in the beautiful Jane, whereas his friend, Mr. Darcy, triggers the aversion and sarcasm of Elizabeth. When Mr. Collins, the cousin and rightful heir of the entire estate of the family, also arrives at the Bennet’s house the ingredients for the explosive sentimental plot are complete. What initiates the situation is the sudden departure of Mr. Bingley, whom Mr. Darcy tries to prevent becoming engaged to Jane. The course of the events will change, many times, the expectations and feelings of the main characters, eventually leading to Elizabeth falling in love with Mr. Darcy and Jane yearning for the return of Mr. Bingley, her future husband. What is certain is that in order to resolve all the conflicts and to reach the matrimonial happy ending, the main characters have to deal with their own pride and their many prejudices.
Through the biting and ironic look with which Jane Austen lays bare the human soul, the director Irina Sabristova (An Ideal Husband) allows the young audience to discover most of the characters of the original novel: their depth, the spontaneity of their reactions to the events, their vices and virtues, etc. that reflect those of society. The dialogues are of an enjoyable humour that the mother tongue actors amplify through clear and expressive acting. The set design, symbolic, enhanced by veils that move with the blowing of the wind is defined with just a few iconic objects. The costumes, designed and made specifically for this show, evoke the forms and the style of the romantic age and in the colours emerge pastel tones in various shades. The music follows the characters, underlining their moods and their actions. The piano and the violins are the protagonists of the splendid balls and alternate with the songs of birds and the noise of the rain on the walks through the fields; expressing the spirituality and the emotionality that shine through the mundane conversations, thus giving colour of the predominant nature into the silent countryside life. Everything melts into the scenes, man and nature, in order to discover the essence of life: love.
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