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"Jane Eyre" cut so unmercifully it seems to bleed!
1,5 hours - what on the Earth is that?!
It's more of a brief rendering, rather than an adaptation.
Orson Welles is a treasure, of course, though his Rochester is a bit too fearsome and rough to me.
As for Ms. Fontaine - well, she does her Rebecca character again rather than Bronte's Jane Eyre. She was too old for the part (Jane is 17 or 18 in the novel). Her Jane is a miserable and submissive damsel, ready to be swept of her feet with love - something Jane Eyre in the book would never do. Real Jane was an independent free spirit, passionate at heart but able to put the truth and god before her longing for Rochester. There's nothing of that decency in Fontaine's eyes as she portrays Jane.
P.S. Liz Taylor as Helen Burns, wow! Celestial, not less!
Oh beautiful drama. I've finally seen this classic and I am truly moved. The story, the deftness, the acting. Orson Welles as Edward Rochester truly stole my heart - his voice and eloquence, his depth, the sheer bluntness of his honesty. His dialogue alone captivates me. And Joan Fontaine as Jane Eyre, so shy and faint and realistic. There wasn't a dull moment in the film. From Jane's tragic childhood to the mystery of her adulthood to the unspoken passion of her relationship with Edward Rochester. The cinematography is outstanding - shadows are dark and contrasting, cutting across Orson Welle's face in striking symbolism of his character. Symbolism and meaning are rife and rich. Feelings are pure and deep - on the screen and definitely in my heart.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!