“Socially, Mr. Bingley is not as sure footed as Darcy. He comes from a family that only made its money one or two generations before so they have a more delicate social position. His sister is very aggressive because she feels threatened by her roots”.
(Joe Wright, Director)
I felt there was a certain realist element to [the book] so I decided to shoot the film in a realist style. I tried to put the audience right in there within that environment so we shot the whole thing on location. You’re then able to go in and out of doors and in and out of windows and really see and feel the environment for a full 360-degrees rather than something very static and stage-bound.
“Mrs. Bennet is not some sort of broad comic dowager, silly creation. She´s terribly funny. But she´s a sort of heroic character because she´s got five daughters and, within a very short period of time, before they become date-expired, she´s got to marry them to save the family.”
(Deborah Moggach, Screenwriter)
” You hear nothing but truth from me.—I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.—Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them. The manner, perhaps, may have as little to recommend them. God knows, I have been a very indifferent lover.—But you understand me.—Yes, you see, you understand my feelings—and will return them if you can. At present, I ask only to hear, once to hear your voice.”
Emma - Chapter 49 (Mr. Knightley’s confession part)
“The most difficult was the scene with Darcy where it’s talking and dancing at the same time, and you know, you do it once, and it’s difficult enough to remember the steps, and then they do it and they take the music away, so that you’ve got to say the lines, so you can get the lines, you’re trying to remember what the music is and say the lines, and you’re trying to work out when you can say the lines, because wait a minute now I move away over here, and you’re over there.”