Jane Eyre Reviews
This bewitching drama starts off w a perfectly toned cruelty that sets up the whole brooding soul of the story, originally written magnetically by Charlotte Bronte.
This film tho is a touchstone for the look and feel of its Gothic style.
Brutal, stark, embellished in black and white and played to the hilt here.
The prominent theme of contrasts is given meticulous, wild, full play here.
Relish each moment bc each frame is enlivened by it.
Fontaine plays Jane as an every-woman, initially a bit too kind and therefore less passionate, despite the perfect tone set by the actress of Jane's childhood, Peggy Anne Garner. Later tho, Fontaine gives a decent contrast to the bitter Rochester formed by the ever intense Welles.
Decent scenes throughout, although the music is too obvious, but forgivable given the time period.
A slow burn throughout, so a touch of fiery Shakespearean intensity wouldnt have hurt at times here.
I otherwise enjoyed each atmospheric frame.
Don't miss the Commentary by Welles biographer Joseph McBride, incredibly insightful and informative - fantastic character analysis, and intriguing background info on all the actors and studio system.
I did my senior English thesis on the Jane Eyre book, and I honestly think that Charlotte would be fully intrigued by this result.
BTW, its not rated, please remove the R rating..lol
4 out of 5
Jane is an orphaned young girl who lives her childhood at an orphanage that is also a prestigious school. After she graduates, she turns down the chance to work at the school in order to build her own life. She takes a job at a manor with a strange lord to help him take care of a sick little girl. She helps raise the girl as mysterious and strange happenings seem to surround the lord.
"We are not here to conform to nature."
Robert Stevenson, director of Mary Poppins, The Love Big, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Herbie Rides Again, Blackbeard's Ghost, Old Yeller, and Dishonored Lady, delivers Jane Eyre. The storyline for this picture was very interesting but a bit slow. The character development and evolution was interesting and the cast delivers worthwhile performances. The cast includes Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Margaret O'Brien, Sara Allgood, Agnes Moorehead, and Henry Daniell.
"I'm just a crusty old bachelor."
I came across this on Netflix and decided to add it to the queue. This is a fascinating Orson Welles gem. Joan does a great job portraying a lost girl trying to find her way while Welles delivers his eccentric character beautifully. Overall, this isn't executed flawlessly, but does have a fascinating plot that is worth your time.
"You can't live all alone like the man on the moon."
(1944) Jane Eyre
GOTHIC ROMANTIC DRAMA
Adapted from the Emily Bronte novel starring Joan Fontaine as the title character, and it appears that she could've been a heiress had it not been for the wicked step mother. She then goes to a boarding school and while there finds that the authoritarian Henry Brocklehurst( Henry Daniell) is a Christian fanatic- you know the ones who punishes underlings heavy for minor things. And as Jane improves her studies, she then rebels against his offer since Henry wanted to hire her to be another instructor that just stands there taking orders. And goes to work for a wealthy baron Edward Rochester (Orson Welles) teaching 8 year old daughter Adele (Margret O'Brien) with more mysteries in regarding to the crazed lady who lives by herself in one of the towers.
Gothic and sometimes predictable but because of the performances particularly Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine makes this one worth watching.
3 out of 4 stars