Pride and Prejudice
Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!
Run Time: 118 min.
From Page to Screen at The State Theatre
Some critics allege that that great books make bad movies. What artistic challenges do filmmakers face adapting literary works from page to screen? How do directors, screenwriters and actors transform ideas on the page into images on the screen? How does literature inspire film? How does film inspire literature?
The State Theatre and its community partners invite you to explore these and other questions through interactive pre-film discussions moderated by experts.
Long before 19th-century novelist Jane Austen became a hot property in Hollywood, MGM produced this opulent and entertaining adaptation of one of Austen’s best-known novels. The elegant and slyly satirical comedy of manners gets under way when socially conscious Mrs. Bennet (Mary Boland), with the begrudging assistance of her husband (Edmund Gwenn), begins seeking out suitable (and suitably wealthy) husbands for her five daughters: Elizabeth (Greer Garson), Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan), Lydia (Ann Rutherford), Kitty (Heather Angel), and Mary (Marsha Hunt). One of the least likely matrimonial prospects is Mr. Darcy (Laurence Olivier), a rich, handsome, but cynical and boorish young man. Naturally, Elizabeth Bennet, the strongest-willed of the Bennet girls, is immediately fascinated by him, and she sets out to land him — but only on her own terms, and only after she has exacted a bit of genteel revenge for his calculated indifference to her. Though Austen’s novel was set in 1813, the year of its publication, the film version takes place in 1835, reportedly so as to take advantage of the more attractive costume designs of that period. Not surprisingly, a few changes had to be made to mollify the Hollywood censors (eager to find offense in the most innocent of material): the most notable is the character of Mr. Collins (Melville Cooper), transformed from the book’s hypocritical clergyman to the film’s standard-issue opportunist.
Moderator: California State University Stanislaus Professor Arnold Anthony Schmidt.
Doors open at 6; discussion at 6:30; film at 7 p.m.