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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 TNMomof5
90
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na Zeno
75
T6
na Darbicus
60
T6
na Esmerodo
90
T10
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 Firesleight
67
T5
na Dimentia
80
T8
na hoolie
75
T5
na Mango
4
T5
na Starecase
80
T6
na Bavafreak
75
T5
na filmaffinity
73
T9
na dharmabum
78
T7
na negative
2
T6
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 fact100
76
T8
na EchoWilder
71
T3
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 mjjoao
90
T10
na DougReese
65
T7
na filmcricket
71
T8
na blucthulhu
80
T8
na schnofel
54
T5
na KungFuDolly
6
T5
na BaalMan
60
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na FunkyAstro
60
T6
na Parallax
76
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na Amadeus
67
T3
na chiphall72
81
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na ise
70
T4
na Zoltan
75
T9
na Ronin21
81
T8
na mCihhh
70
T7
na isabellacn
73
T6
na imdb
77
T9
na avgcrtckr
64
T8
na Dogubomb
40
T4
na burkayadalig
87
T9
a bit rushed (especially the end) but the excellent cinematography and acting compensate it...
na Doble-G
90
T9
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 tonydal
75
T6
na bestauntie
82
T6
na sanguinary
75
T7
na dogsinspace
83
T7
na KasperL
70
T7
It's good. About equal to the 2011 version.
na Bufo1944
95
T10
na cfk
7
T7
na vlqwo
62
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na drowsybaker
60
T5
na welike
30
T7
na KTP
79
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na OfTheAllies
35
T1
na kastenm
66
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na pyrosexual
80
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na cowfrappe
82
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na Woody92
85
T4
na masoo
75
T6
na demonhatesme
90
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na kangadoodoo
60
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na ZapperLife
53
T6
na Inframan
76
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na Pats_London
80
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na CMQuinn
9
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na IMDb-byvotes
76
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na goran
90
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na MrsEmmaPeel
64
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na Sinister
76
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na auhasarderik
60
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na TheRev
66
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na eyelit
80
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na gimmefiction
75
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na lostty
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T3
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 avb
80
T5
na Gody85
63
T8
na superkell89
82
T4
na jeff_v
72
T7
na Maps
80
T7
na Limdebois
70
T7
na mephistophia
70
T7
na donquixotic
0
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na Gregzilla
50
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na Antoine
77
T6
na Marinaki
75
T7
na debaser1985
68
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na skittlez
86
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na PerryStroika
65
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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 JasonKDarby
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na jcullinane
95
T10
na robixsmash
80
T9
na tyoda
60
T7
na Thieu80
5
T1
na mariestdenis
74
T3
na Al Chambers
86
T5
na okidude
4
T8
Succinct adaptation of the Bronte classic. Strong characterizations from Wells.
na MaxBaron
79
T6
na camus
70
T6
na Serenitie
81
T9
na Bacchanalian
78
T7
na Icarus
60
T3
na Plato
83
T8
Average Tier 6.39 from 102 Rankings rss