What was it about the mid-1990s that triggered such a remarkable Austen renaissance on screen, with a rapid succession of new film adaptations of her novels? In addition to SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, also arriving on movie and TV screens were new versions of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, PERSUASION, and MANSFIELD PARK. And who can forget Alicia Silverstone in CLUELESS, the Valley Girl transformation of EMMA? With the audience demand so great and the literary output so small, Hollywood had to keep the Austen craze going by branching into Austen-themed movies such as THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB and the fictionalized biography BECOMING JANE.
This week’s question: What’s your favorite Jane Austen screen adaptation?
Need some inspiration? Host Richard Peña has a suggestion: “Austen I think has actually been rather effectively translated to the screen, so several of the adaptations are in my opinion pretty good, but I have a great fondness for the 1938 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, with Greer Garson, Maureen O’Sullivan, and none other than Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy.”