Sunday, August 28, 2005

Pride and Prejudice jackpot

Eureka. A&E's site "Behind the scenes of Pride and Prejudice" has been unearthed. It contains a ton of quotes from the cast and crew, many of which are in the Perspectives pack mentioned earlier. The A&E link is now dead, but was mirrored on Eras of Elegance, which is also defunct. Thank goodness that Google cache managed to rescue the content. Since it's too precious to lose, I've copied and pasted the whole thing to the archives.

Here's a taste: Jennifer Ehle talks about her relationship with Jane Austen and the book of Pride and Prejudice.

Jennifer Ehle, who played Elizabeth Bennet, first read Pride and Prejudice when she was twelve years old, and "fell in love with it, right from the very first page." Ehle remarks: "I still love it now -- even after working intensely on the television adaptation... That really is the test of something -- that you still admire and enjoy it after being so very close to it. As soon as I get a little time to myself, I’ll be back with Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors. [Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park] are the only two I haven’t read as yet, and I’m looking forward to getting to know them."

There's more about the costumes, how she prepared for the role, her views on Elizabeth, and on the piece in general. Oh, just read it all.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for finding it. IIRC, it comes from the book "The Making of Pride and Prejudice"
Is that correct?

Jennite said...

I don't think so..IIRC there's nothing about the Firth-Ehle relationship in the book, whereas in the site Mr Firth does comment on it. I don't have the book though, so can't verify this.