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Jane Eyre (1944)
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Summary: Small, plain and poor, Jane Eyre comes to Thornfield Hall as governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. Denied love all her life, Jane can't help but be attracted to the intelligent, vibrant, energetic Mr. Rochester, a man twice her age. But just when Mr. Rochester seems to be returning the attention, he invites the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram and her party to stay at his estate. Meanwhile, the secret of Thornfield Hall could ruin all their chances for happiness. (imdb)
Genres: Romance, Drama
Country: USA
Directed By: Robert Stevenson
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na burkayadalig
87
T8
a bit rushed (especially the end) but the excellent cinematography and acting compensate it...
na PerryStroika
65
T7
na SlantMag
30
T8
"A well-constructed piece of studio work, with vivid black-and-white cinematography under matte painting skies that creates a turbulent, oppressive mood." - Jeremiah Kipp
na okidude
4
T8
Succinct adaptation of the Bronte classic. Strong characterizations from Wells.
na filmcricket
71
T8
na Doble-G
90
T9
na drowsybaker
60
T5
na IMDb-byvotes
76
T8
na auhasarderik
60
T7
na Serenitie
81
T9
na Zeno
75
T6
na debaser1985
68
T5
na Sinister
76
T6
na gimmefiction
75
T7
na Marinaki
75
T7
na robixsmash
80
T9
na Mango
4
T5
na avgcrtckr
64
T8
na MaxBaron
79
T6
na tonydal
75
T6
na EchoWilder
71
T3
na filmaffinity
73
T9
na ise
70
T4
na Starecase
80
T6
na kastenm
66
T4
na mCihhh
70
T7
na kangadoodoo
60
T6
na KTP
79
T9
na isabellacn
73
T6
na Zoltan
75
T9
na FunkyAstro
60
T6
na Plato
83
T8
na Limdebois
70
T7
na cowfrappe
82
T10
na cfk
7
T7
na Al Chambers
86
T5
na masoo
75
T6
na jacobb1313
71
T6
Great cinematography (was Welles back there helping the grips?), with a love story that must have inspired Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It's too heavy-handed in its ending, which is unfortunately overtly melodramatic to the point of illiciting laughter.
na Antoine
77
T6
na jeff_v
72
T7
na chiphall72
81
T8
na dharmabum
78
T7
na lostty
70
T3
na Dimentia
80
T8
na BaalMan
60
T2
na Esmerodo
90
T10
na Gregzilla
50
T5
na mightysparks
60
T7
I thought it was ok, but it felt very rushed. It was hard to find the characters and their actions believable due to the lack of development. I liked the scenes of Jane's childhood much more than the rest because it worked better on its own, whereas the latter scenes really needed more understanding of the characters. The cinematography is really nice and it's entertaining enough, though overly melodramatic at times.
na fact100
76
T8
na skittlez
86
T6
na tyoda
60
T7
na imdb
77
T9
na hoolie
75
T5
na Pats_London
80
T6
na bestauntie
82
T6
na OfTheAllies
35
T1
na CMQuinn
9
T9
na Ronin21
81
T8
na paulofilmo
66
T4
I actually had to orient myself to Welles' accent. I'd describe this as a poor adaptation of Jane Eyre, but still adequately romantic.
na Thieu80
5
T1
na Maps
80
T7
na welike
30
T7
na jcullinane
95
T10
na lex
80
T6
The scenes between Jane and Rochester (portrayed to perfection by Welles) are so captivating that they pretty much make up for the hopelessly rushed beginning and ending. Though Welles isn't the credited director, I can't help but notice his more than likely influence in some of the shots.
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na sanguinary
75
T7
na Inframan
76
T3
na donquixotic
0
T6
na superkell89
82
T4
na mariestdenis
74
T3
na Woody92
85
T4
na TheRev
66
T4
na Darbicus
60
T6
na camus
70
T6
na ZapperLife
53
T6
na Bavafreak
75
T5
na Icarus
60
T3
na MrsEmmaPeel
64
T2
na DougReese
65
T7
na Firesleight
67
T5
na schnofel
54
T5
na Amadeus
67
T3
na Moribunny
65
T7
While I haven't seen all Jane Eyre adaptations, I am getting the notion that while this may not be the most comprehensive one, it is possibly the closest there is to a "definitive" movie version. The rushed ending is a glaring weakness. Much of its strength lies in the fine acting. Orson Welles plays Mr. Rochester with a suitable peacock-like puffiness that is owed less to his acting than to his correct typecasting, but he does take the effort to inject the character with some brooding.
na KasperL
70
T7
It's good. About equal to the 2011 version.
na KungFuDolly
6
T5
na eyelit
80
T8
na negative
2
T6
na vlqwo
62
T6
na Gody85
63
T8
na Dogubomb
40
T4
na demonhatesme
90
T8
na goran
90
T9
na TNMomof5
90
T9
na avb
80
T5
na Bufo1944
95
T10
na JasonKDarby
70
T7
Average Tier 6.33 from 96 Rankings rss