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Four-Star Films : 'Pride and Prejudice'

August 11, 1996|Kevin Thomas

Amid the recent and impressive cycle of Jane Austen screen adaptations MGM's 1940 "Pride and Prejudice" holds up better than you might expect as a prime example of Hollywood studio gentility in the '30s and '40s. This highly polished adaptation of Austen's great comedy of manners--about the Bennet family and their adventures in husband procuration--has a screenplay by Aldous Huxley and a cast that includes Greer Garson (as Elizabeth), Laurence Olivier (as D'Arcy), Edna May Oliver, Edmund Gwenn, Mary Boland and Maureen O'Sullivan. Directed by MGM stalwart Robert Z. Leonard (KCET Sunday at 1 p.m.).

Other selected four-star films airing this week:

The Last Picture Show / KCOP, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Hail the Conquering Hero / AMC, Tuesday, 6:30 a.m.

Double Indemnity / AMC, Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.

Atlantic City / AMC, early Thursday, 4 a.m.

GoodFellas / Cinemax, Friday, 9:30 p.m.

All the King's Men / A&E, early Saturday, 4 a.m.

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