I just saw your post on random facts from p&p from 2005 and I was like woah, I never noticed that!! Could you please share some other random facts cause they sound super cool!! Please and thank you!!
- The book Elizabeth is reading in the opening shot is titled “First Impressions” which was the original title of the book, before Jane Austen changed it to Pride & Prejudice.
- The chaos and busyness of the Bennet’s house contrasted with the cleanliness and sharpness of Netherfield.
- The two dance scenes sharply contrasted each other to highlight the differences in their societal standings. The Meryton ball was dusty, dirty, and sweaty, whereas the Netherfield ball was elegant, clean, and sharp.
- Matthew MacFadyen had such poor eyesight that in the grand scene where he walks across the field towards Elizabeth, he is actually walking towards a red coat so he knew which direction to walk towards.
- Tamzin Merchant (Georgiana Darcy) did her own piano playing for the film.
- The differences in the costumes between the families highlights the financial gap between the Bennet’s and Caroline Bingley. The Bennet women wear gowns styled from the 1790s, and Caroline wears gowns styled from the early 1800s.
- The “practice proposal” scene with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy was improvised.
- Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s first dance scene was shot in one take.
- The birds that fly away in the scene by the lake after Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collin’s proposal were startled by the director yelling “Action!”.
- The close ups of Mr. Darcy’s hand reinforces the theme of the goal to win a man’s “hand in marriage”, and alluding to the fact that Elizabeth does indeed eventually have his hand in marriage.
- Elizabeth wears earthy colors to reiterate her down to earth personality, un-deterred by modern fashion styles.
- The scene where Elizabeth is at Pemberley is all about her discovering Darcy has a sensitive side. She admires his appreciation for beauty, his culture, and she loves him for that.
- The Bingley’s wealth is only a couple generations old. Caroline is so aggressive because she feels threatened by her roots.
- The bed that Jane and Elizabeth share serves as a mirror to their relationship. They start off so close and together, then grow further apart, keeping secrets and having backs turned towards each other, then finally are together again after Bingley’s proposal.