Jane Eyre (1983)
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Ties for number one on my list of Jane Eyre adaptions, right with the new BBC Masterpiece version, both mostly because I felt they hit Rochester dead on and kept most of the story intact.
Solid version of the book is more comprehensive than any film version but is a little too leisurely paced to be compelling. Timothy Dalton does a good job as Rochester but the edge of menace that Orson Welles gave the character in the famous film version is missing.
[left][color=maroon][font=Trebuchet MS][size=3][color=black]“His appearance, - I forget what description you gave of his appearance; - a sort of raw curate, half strangled with his white neckcloth, and stilted up on his thick-soled high-lows, eh?”[/color][/size][/font][/color][color=maroon][/left] [font=Trebuchet MS][size=3]“St. John dresses well. He is a handsome man: tall, fair with blue eyes, and a Grecian profile.”[/size][/font][/color][color=maroon][font=Times New Roman] [font=Trebuchet MS][size=3][color=black]([i]Aside.[/i]) “Damn him!”[/color][/size][/font][/font][/color] [center][color=maroon][font=Times New Roman][font=Trebuchet MS][color=#000000][color=slategray]--an exchange between[/color] [b]Mr. Rochester[/b] [color=slategray]and[/color] [color=darkred][b]Jane Eyre[/b][/color][/color][/font][/font][/color][/center] [left][color=maroon][font=Times New Roman][font=Trebuchet MS][color=#000000][/color][/font][/left] [/font][/color][center][font=Trebuchet MS][img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v364/vorspeir/janeeyre.jpg[/img][/font][/center] [size=1][color=gray][i](*er, this review not complete)[/i][/color][/size] [font=Times New Roman][font=Trebuchet MS][/font][/font] [font=Times New Roman][font=Trebuchet MS]I think it's safe to say the two hundred and thirty-nine minutes I spent with a tele this afternoon/night were well worth it. Watching director [b]Julian Amyres[/b]’ faithful reproduction of Charlotee Bronte's book, [i]Jane Eyre[/i], is almost as enjoyable as reading the whole novel over again![/font][/font] [font=Trebuchet MS]The full-hearted interaction between [b]Timothy Dalton[/b] and [b]Zelah Clarke[/b] is so pure. Each actor deserves applause, for both their individual acting and their chemistry together. Dalton’s voice is love! Always strong, very much like Mr. Rochester. He even managed to carry out the confession scene well! [/font] [font=Trebuchet MS]He may be "too handsome" for Rochester's part, but the passion is there. He was rude, stern, fierce, and tender at all the appropriate moments. See Dalton's Rochester, understand why Jane would fall for a man like him. I first heard of Dalton from the stage play of [i]His Dark Materials[/i] where he played Lord Asriel. I am jealous of those who were able to witness Dalton [i][u]live[/u][/i]. I must also give some major props to [b]Alexander Baron[/b], writer of the screenplay, for his utmost devotion to Bronte’s novel. The details were very accurate; many sections seem to have been taken straight from the book. Baron took no shortcuts, which would have cheapened the movie. All the many essential details were kept, the actors gave the utmost diligence to portraying their characters accurately. At first, the visual direction seems a bit [i]TV-ish[/i], but that is of little consequence considering how well all the other components worked. [/font] [font=Trebuchet MS]As a major fan of this book, I fully endorse the 1983 BBC version. Rumor has it that there is another adaptation made in 1973 featuring Michael Jayston as Rochester that is even [i]better[/i], but alas, it is rare and difficult to find. This one is quite good enough.[/font] [center][i][font=Times New Roman][font=Trebuchet MS][color=black]*ahem* I’d like to state that, in any version of the Jane Eyre movies,[/center] [center]Mr. Rochester’s riding pants are always [b]hot[/b].[/color][/font][/font][/i][/center] [left][color=maroon][font=Trebuchet MS][color=black][/color][/font][/color][/left]
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