Jane Eyre

1943

Action / Drama / Romance

58
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 6935

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Cast

Elizabeth Taylor as Helen Burns
Orson Welles as Edward Rochester
Margaret O'Brien as Adele Varens
Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Reed
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1hr 37 min
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1hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by aernest 10 / 10

My 2nd Favorite Jane Eyre

Well, since I seem to be determined to comment on every version of Jane Eyre, here goes! This is my second-favorite Jane Eyre, running very close to the Timothy Dalton/Zelah Clarke version. This film definitely LOOKS better than the newer one, since the newer one was a TV miniseries with, let us say, flawed production values. Other commentators complained about the darkness of the film, but hey, it's JANE EYRE! It's a Gothic novel! What did they expect? Welles is SUPERB - in spots he is better than Dalton, and, oddly, I think he's rather sexier in this role. He really DOES show the charm that would have attracted Jane to him. SO why do I like Dalton's version better? Well, #1, it has a better Jane. Joan Fontaine doesn't hold a candle to Zelah Clarke in the role. And #2 - the Dalton version is longer and so, stays closer to the book. Dalton himself excels, but in a much different way than Welles. Welles' Rochester is definitely more world-weary, and maybe not quite so petulant, though both qualities are in keeping with Rochester's character in the book. If you only have two hours, maybe THIS is the one to watch!

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

Orson is wonderful

The first part of Jane Eyre seems to have borrowed more from Charles Dickens. The film seems to have taken its cue from George Cukor's David Copperfield released in 1935.

A young orphaned Jane (Peggy Ann Garner) lives with her cruel aunt and has a chance of going to boarding school which see is keen to go to if it means leaving her aunt. The school is really a harsh school for orphans run by Reverend Brocklehurst (Henry Daniell) who labels Jane as a wicked child. A young Elizabeth Taylor plays a friend who shows kindness to Jane. This scenes are sparse as the love shown by various adults whose care the children are under.

The older Jane Eyre (Joan Fontaine) now wanted by the malevolent Reverend to stay on at school because she would be cheap. Jane though wants to make her own way in the world not realising how naive she is. She gets a job as governess for a young girl named Adèle in a gloomy mansion owned by Edward Rochester (Orson Welles) who she first meets when she startles his horse. Jane hears strange laughter in the house and saves Rochester when his bed curtains catch fire. Slowly both characters fall in love but Rochester hides a secret from his past.

Welles version of Rochester is actually more charming and romantic than I expected. He gives his character just a bit more twinkle even though he still has some bluster. Fontaine is beautiful, maybe too much. However it very much follows the pattern of triumph over adversity which was common with the classic book adaptations of that period. It is nicely photographed in black and white, although it still looks like a film made in Hollywood with ex-pat British actors.

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 8 / 10

The best of all Jane Eyre's

One of the most successful of all the literary classics to have made it to the screen and certainly the best of all the "Jane Eyre" adaptations. The credited director is Robert Stevenson but visually this has all the hallmarks of an Orson Welles picture. He's a splendid Rochester while Joan Fontaine is perfectly cast as Jane, (after "Rebecca" it may be her best performance), and it has a first-rate supporting cast that includes an uncredited 11 year old Elizabeth Taylor as the little girl who dies. The unusually literate screenplay is by Aldous Huxley, John Houseman and Stevenson and the superb cinematography is by George Barnes.

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