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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Article Features Disturbing Comments By Writer of P&P3 Script

This article of an interview with Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever and the new Pride and Prejudice movie script, includes several frightening quotes:

On Pride and Prejudice, West Hampstead Oscar-winner Emma Thompson was brought in to make changes to the script, without consultation. Deborah, who likes to appear in all her films as an extra, says: “She re-wrote a scene where I was going to be drinking in a tavern, by setting it in an oak wood, so I didn’t do it.”

“There’s a lot of rain in our version,” rejoins Deborah, “and as a homage to Colin, our Darcy writes a letter describing how he tore all his clothes off to go swimming, before the arrival of a gamekeeper ‘put a stop to such foolishness’.

“In the book he’s cold and snobbish and pretty unsympathetic but I’ve made him much more human by depicting him as an intelligent man rendered restless by endless female tittle tattle at a country house party which goes on for two months.

“The film also puts the Bennett girls in a very old-fashioned house with dresses so old they’ve practically got stains under the arms. So it makes it really matter that they get married.

Thanks to AustenBlog for the links.


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