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“Jane Eyre” (Movie Review-2/4/44)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 2/4/44 | Bosley Crowther

Posted on 02/04/2014 4:13:12 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: History; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: moviereview; realtime
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1 posted on 02/04/2014 4:13:13 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
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2 posted on 02/04/2014 4:13:38 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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Netflix has this version of “Jane Eyre” on DVD.

Having never read the novel, this was my first experience of Charlotte Bronte’s story. It demonstrates the difficulty of adapting a long written work to a screenplay. You know the author put much of the important information in narrative or thoughts of the characters and it is impossible to put much of it into the dialogue or otherwise communicate it in a 99 minute film. The viewer is left with the clear impression that he is missing something important. Without that something this could just as easily be a story by Charles Dickens or Daphne du Maruier.

I like Crowther’s description of Orson Welles playing Rochester with “the studied arrogance, the restless moods of a medieval king.”

Elizabeth Taylor appears in an uncredited role as young Jane’s best friend and fellow inmate of their awful boarding school.

Three stars for this first film version “Jane Eyre” - HJS.

Original trailer

3 posted on 02/04/2014 4:15:00 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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i have seen the Orson Wells and the William Hurt versions... i have heard that the Broadway musical is excellent...


4 posted on 02/04/2014 4:51:38 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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i forgot to add that i have also read the book twice...


5 posted on 02/04/2014 4:53:03 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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I’m watching the BBC mini-series version (2005?) which was on Ovation over the weekend. I watched the first half and recorded the second half, which I haven’t had the time to watch yet. I thought it was outstanding. I recommend it.


6 posted on 02/04/2014 5:01:51 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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Netflix has several different versions on DVD or streaming. Good versions of 19th century novels can be done as miniseries. I’ve read “Jane Eyre,” but it’s not a favorite.


7 posted on 02/04/2014 5:11:44 AM PST by Tax-chick (... for the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead ...)
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The Jane Eyre movie with Orson Wells is one of my favorite movies. Orson did a fantastic job.... mixing anger in his life and passion for Jane. The scene where he proposes to Jane by the tree... with the clouds darkening and his dark eyes staring intensely into hers.... beyond description. Love the movie and all other Jane Eyre movies pale in comparison IMHO.


8 posted on 02/04/2014 6:46:27 AM PST by momtothree
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The 2006 Ruth Wilson/Toby Stephens version is my favorite. I have seen the Wells/Fontaine version on DVD. I think Stephens was a better Rochester. Wells was bit too much a neurotic for my taste.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 7:50:52 AM PST by C19fan
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