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Jane Eyre [DVD] [1944]

4.5 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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  • 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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,972 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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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This DVD is an excellent version of the classic American rendering of Charlotte Bronte's famous novel. Joan Fontaine could have looked a little more plain though which would be in keeping with story's character.
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Well produced and acted , totally unlike modernist films which rely totally on special; effects
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A beautiful rendition of Jane Eyre. We watched it as my son is study it for GCSE. There are a few missing scenes and some artistic license. But good if you have read the book and need to kick start your memories of the book .
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This may possibly be this best film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic, ever made. The casting was flawless. Joan Fontaine was born to play the modest, insecure, and yet spirited Jane. Orson Welles is in his element as the firey, overpowering, and troubled Mr. Rochester. Supporting actors, such as Peggy Ann Garner as young Jane, Elizabeth Taylor as her childhood friend, and Agnes Moorehead as Jane's Cruel aunt, all give first rate performances. This adaptation focuses, more than other versions, on the passionate and complex relationship between Jane and her employer turned fiancee, Mr. Rochester. Though this is a somewhat long film, the absorbing story and fast paced direction make the time fly. The dvd extras include two fascinating commentaries. I highly recommend this beautiful interpretation of a timeless classic.

Jennifer K. Lafferty
Author of Offbeat Love Stories and More
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I was induced to read Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," a beloved literary classic, at the relatively early age of eleven - all because I saw this movie. I had stayed-up late on a Saturday night, with my favorite aunt as company, and we watched the 1944 version of Jane Eyre, with Jane Fontaine and Orson Welles, on TV. At the conclusion, I noticed I had cried my way through a box of tissues and had become a fan forever. The next day I visited the library. Although I have seen three or four cinematic interpretations of "Jane Eyre" since that time, Director Robert Stevenson's production, co-written for the screen by Aldous Huxley, John Houseman, and Mr. Stevenson is by far my favorite. The writers and director remained faithful to Miss Bronte's magnificent work and brought this darkly gothic drama to life on the big screen. Filmed in black and white, using noir techniques from the German Expressionist school, (chiaroscuro lighting, surrealistic settings, etc.), the movie's gothic nature is emphasized and a forbidding mood is set early on. I always wondered if Orson Welles had anything to do with the direction. I sense his influence throughout the piece.
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.
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Out of the many filmed versions of this 19th century novel this one, in my opinion is the best.
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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