- Language: English
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003AYLBTC
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Jane Eyre [DVD] 
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This 1943 version of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre was made just two years after Citizen Kane, and it certainly looks like star Orson Welles muscled his way behind the camera much of the time. (In fact, co-star Joan Fontaine--who plays the title character--has maintained that Welles methodically did just that every day on the set.) Not that the film's official director was a hack: Robert Stevenson gets the credit, a man who later had a busy career at Disney making numerous live-action hits such as Mary Poppins. But there's no mistaking Welles' masterful hand in this film's bold and creative look, and there's no getting away from his enigmatic charisma as Rochester, the widower who takes in Jane as a governess to his daughter. An engrossing, gorgeous film, there's even a small role for Elizabeth Taylor at the beginning as Jane's unlucky, doomed friend at a cruel boarding school. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The story is set in England's North Country in the mid-nineteenth century. Orphaned as an infant, Jane (Peggy Ann Garner as young Jane), is taken in and cared for by her aunt, the mean spirited Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall, (Agnes Moorehead is superb as Mrs Reed). It is clear from the beginning that Mrs. Reed favors her own spoiled children and despises Jane, punishing her harshly for her perceived impudence and "willfulness." After a particularly cruel and unjust episode with her fat, older cousin, John, Aunt Reed locks the ten year-old girl up in the dreaded "red-room," where her uncle died.Read more ›
It somehow comes alive in black and white and with Orson Welles as the dashing Mr Rochester and Joan Fonatine as Jane Eyre this gothic,Victorian romance has it all.
To director Robert Stevenson's (with more than a nod to Orson Welles!!)credit,this version of Jane Eyre is beautifully crafted and performed.Any fan of classic Hollywood would be thrilled to watch this-highly recommended.
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I bought this for a friend, she has never seen this version of Jane Eyre, I know it is the best one ever made, so she will really love it.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived after around 4 days . This was bought along with a few other titles for my mother as a gift . She loves the old films .Published 11 months ago by peaches71
An interesting early version for my collection but edited, I think,f rom the original film as rememberedPublished 13 months ago by J. W