Two to Tango

'Pride and Prejudice' & 'Shopgirl'

“I loathe you!”

“And I despise you!”

Pause. Kiss.

That’s the heartbeat (or love/hatebeat) of Pride and Prejudice and it has kept the novel and all its stage and movie versions happily throbbing no matter what else in them works and fails.

Elizabeth Bennet may be the most perfect incarnation of female ambivalence about...

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About the Author

Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.