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Pride and Prejudice, by Robert Z. Leonard, 1940

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Pride and Prejudice, by Robert Z. Leonard, 1940.

"When pretty girls t-e-a-s-e-d men into marriage..."

This 1940 MGM film stars Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy, and is filmed in the opulent style characteristic of Hollywood in this era. Filmmakers chose to set the film in 1835, rather than its original Regency setting, in order to incorporate the more elaborate costumes of the later period. Several changes were also made to the original plot, including transforming Lady de Bourgh's confrontation with Elizabeth into a "test" of her good intentions. The film, awarded an Oscar for art direction in 1941, remains a classic today.

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, with screenplay by Aldous Huxley and Jane Murfin, presented by Loew's Pictures, starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson.