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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

Written By: John Houseman, Aldous Huxley, Charlotte Brontë

Starring: Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Henry Daniell, Mae Marsh, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Sara Allgood, Margaret O'Brien, Billy Bevan, Peggy Ann Garner, John Sutton, Moyna MacGill

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Jane Eyre belongs to 19 collections
1. Psychotronic Film and Video Guides (public: moderated by Gregzilla - 24 stars)
2. Female protagonist (public: moderated by djross - 15 stars)
3. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
4. Women+ (public: moderated by paulofilmo - 10 stars)
5. Chick Flick (public: moderated by td888 - 5 stars)
6. Based On A Book (public: moderated by Spunkie - 4 stars)
7. Sight and Sound 2002 (Single Vote) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 1 star)
8. Bernard Herrmann (composer) (public: moderated by djross)


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schnofel schnofel
54T5
Sinemaestro Amadeus
67T3
welike
30T7
Deadmarsh Deadmarsh
70T6
Plato Plato
83T8
mightysparks mightysparks
60T7
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.
ise ise
70T4
thirdeye42
76T7
cfk cfk
7T7
Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
78T7
KTP KTP
79T9
Inframan Inframan
76T3
Dimentia Dimentia
80T8
Dogubomb Dogubomb
40T5
negative
2T6
avb avb
80T5
sanguinary sanguinary
75T6
demonhatesme
90T8
Cigua22
66T6
TNMomof5
90T9
10kfilms
83T9
felixm85
80T7
chiphall72
80T8
MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
64T2
ladyspiggott ladyspiggott
78T7
Maps
80T7
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
60T6
TheRev
66T4
Woody92 Woody92
85T5
Sinister Sinister
76T6
EchoWilder EchoWilder
71T3
aday76 aday76
89T8
jcullinane jcullinane
95T10
SlantMag SlantMag
30T8
"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
mjjoao
90T10
Doble_G Doble-G
90T10
Zeno
75T7
zetes
90T9
ZapperLife ZapperLife
53T6
Bavafreak
75T5
Gody85 Gody85
63T8
fact100 fact100
76T8
Icarus Icarus
60T3
Aira Aira
75T6
ferguson
70T6
debaser1985
68T5
SirRobbie SirRobbie
70T6
Starecase
80T6
OldAle1
70T4
Moribunny Moribunny
65T7
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.
Limdebois Limdebois
70T7
blucthulhu
80T8
filmaffinity filmaffinity
73T9
Ronin21
81T8
kastenm kastenm
66T5
hoolie
75T5
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76T8
PatsLondon Pats_London
80T6
jeffv jeff_v
72T8
Niska Niska
26T4
ribcage ribcage
69T6
Its nice to look at and fontaine is great and Welles is as powerful as ever. Its deeply flawed in its pacing which is kind of like being a passenger for a first time driver -- it frequently gets too much gas before abruptly having the brakes slammed
KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
6T5
krf7 krf7
70T5
MaxBaron MaxBaron
79T6
Al Chambers
86T5
filmcricket
71T8
imdb imdb
77T9
skittlez skittlez
86T6
BaalMan
60T2
Bufo1944
85T6
okidude
4T8
Succinct adaptation of the Bronte classic. Strong characterizations from Wells.
auhasarderik auhasarderik
80T8
thomas_d
63T2
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
64T8
DougReese DougReese
65T7
vlqwo
62T6
LosWochos
87T6
OfTheAllies OfTheAllies
40T2
camus camus
70T6
tonydal tonydal
75T6
masoo masoo
75T7
FunkyAstro FunkyAstro
60T6
goran
90T9
Esmerodo Esmerodo
90T10
cowfrappe cowfrappe
82T10
tyoda
60T7
Gregzilla Gregzilla
50T5
paulofilmo paulofilmo
66T4
I actually had to orient myself to Welles' accent. I'd describe this as a poor adaptation of Jane Eyre, but still adequately romantic.
bestauntie
82T6
Mango
4T5
pyrosexual pyrosexual
80T7
Parallax Parallax
76T5
suzy dogsinspace
83T7
KasperL KasperL
70T7
It's good. About equal to the 2011 version.
eyelit eyelit
80T8
Firesleight Firesleight
67T5
superkell89
82T4
isabellacn isabellacn
73T5
mariestdenis mariestdenis
74T3
PerryStroika PerryStroika
65T7
drowsybaker drowsybaker
60T5
Marinaki Marinaki
70T6
Tavington Tavington
84T9
The best Jane Eyre adaptation I've seen so far due to stellar performace of J.Fontaine.
Mentaculus Mentaculus
71T6
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.
Antoine
77T6
Zoltan Zoltan
75T9
thief thief
90T8
CMQuinn CMQuinn
9T9
ECR E.C.R.
70T8
burkayadalig burkayadalig
87T9
a bit rushed (especially the end) but the excellent cinematography and acting compensate it...
lex lex
75T5
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.
robixsmash
80T9
dglink
100T10
Thieu80
5T1
lostty lostty
70T3
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