So we’re a little obsessed. So sue us. Or better, indulge us, we’re having a hell of a day.
Chris Ayresin and Jack Malvern at the London Times inform us that the British version of "Pride & Prejudice" is actually two minutes shorter than the one currently playing in US theaters â€” lopped off was the particularly sappy end scene, in which an en dÃ©shabillÃ© Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen make out on the steps of Darcy’s fabulous estate. Apparently the scene proved a little much for the production company, Working Title Films (the very company responsible for the endless finale of airport embraces in "Love Actually"), though, according to David Livingstone, vice-president of Universal marketing distribution:
The extra scene was kept for the Americans, as well as some Asian territories that prefer emotion to be "laid on quite thickly."
Don’t we just! The Brit version ends on a line from Donald Sutherland‘s Mr. Bennet, if you’ve seen the film and were wondering.
Bob Thompson at the Washington Post watches the film with his picky, Austen-fanatic daughters, and discusses what works and doesn’t work (for him, the ending sure don’t).
And Jeff Dawson at the London Times interviews Kelly Reilly, who plays the snobby Caroline Bingley in the film but who may be most memorable as the extremely British Wendy in "L’Auberge Espagnole." She’ll also be sporting feathers and not much else in the upcoming Weinstein Co. release "Mrs. Henderson Presents."
+ Why new Pride & Prejudice is abridged in Britain (London Times)
+ ‘Pride,’ Overcoming Readers’ Prejudice (Washington Post)
+ Kelly Reilly: happy to grin and bare it (London Times)