Jane Eyre


Action / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 6820


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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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Movie Reviews

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.

Reviewed by ianlouisiana 7 / 10

Mad,bad and dangerous to know......

Mr Rochester is the Ur Gothic hero.MIss Eyre the mousy,rabbit - in - the - headlights timid naïve young woman just put on earth for him to ravage.They should never have been allowed within 20 miles of each other yet somehow this unlikely pairing has captured the imagination of readers since the 19thcentury.It is not the least bit believable and Mr Welles and Miss Fontaine have zero chemistry together and a marriage would be disastrous,but she's a sticker and eventually sees off opposition from mad wives and heiresses and gets her man. That's it in a nutshell but the joy is in the dramatic settings,the crashing thunder, burning rooms, the mist that makes one think of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce following the footprints of a gigantic hound and the absolute villainy of the villains. Many of the supporting cast are English exiles and acquit themselves as to the manner born. Silent stars Mr B.Bevan and Miss M.Marsh are welcome extras. Archetypal Hollywood melodrama now 75 years old and of it's type never bettered.

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