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Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Pride and Prejudice is a 1940 film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Robert Z. Leonard directed, and Aldous Huxley served as one of the screenwriters of the film. It is adapted specifically from the stage adaptation by Helen Jerome in addition to Jane Austen's novel. The period of the film is later than that of Austen's novel, a move motivated by a desire to use more elaborate and flamboyant costumes than those from Austen's time period. The film is substantially different from the novel in a number of ways; most notably, the confrontation near the end of the film between Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Elizabeth Bennet was radically altered, changing the former's haughty demand that Elizabeth promise never to marry Darcy into a hoax to test the mettle and sincerity of Elizabeth's love. In the novel, this confrontation is an authentic demand motivated by Lady Catherine's snobbery and, especially, by her ardent desire that Darcy marry her own daughter.

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Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: July 26, 1940
Running time: 117 minutes
Budget: $1,437,000
Gross: $1,001,000 (Domestic earnings)

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