Our own Ryan Stewart thinks director Joe Wright's version of Pride and Prejudice (opening and to be reviewed on Cinematical tomorrow) is one of the best films of the year. That opinion is not shared by the Jane Austen Society, whose members are apparently up in arms over Wright's treatment of Austen's classic. According to
English literature scholar gossip columnist Lloyd Grove, the Society objects to Wright's injection of blatant sexuality into "the precise and elegant Austen" in an NPR report to be aired tomorrow, which will echo statements made by their president, Joan Klingel Ray, earlier this year. "The film is full of sexual imagery, which is
totally inappropriate to Austen's novel," Ray told the Telegraph. "In one scene, a wild boar,
which I assume is supposed to represent Darcy, wobbles through a farm
with its sexual equipment on show." Dear heavens! The Society also objects to the casting of Matthew McFayden as Mr. Darcy, because they think he's less hot than Colin Firth (I, for the record, disagree). Grove "hears" that Focus Features, the studio behind the flick, "actually tried to forbid [NPR's Kim] Masters
from quoting Ray" by falsely alleging that her tenure as president of the society had come to a close.