An all-star cast - including Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Agnes Moorehead and Elizabeth Taylor - breathes magnificent life into this captivating 1943 black and white film version of Charlotte Brontë's gothic romance novel. Adapted for the screen by Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson and John Houseman, and directed by Stevenson, this stirring film is the definitive version of the engrossing classic!
After spending her childhood in an orphanage, young Jane Eyre (Fontaine) becomes governess to the ward of an imposing older man named Edward Rochester (Welles). Ultimately, Jane's gentle influence forces Rochester to drop his forbidding veneer, and he proposes to her. But the discovery that Rochester is already married, and further, that his volatile wife is locked in the attic, prompts Jane to leave as a series of tragic events unfold in this riveting classic that also features Margaret O'Brien.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 10/04/2011 01:19:02
I happened upon this film when channel-hopping a year or so ago. It being a black and white film caught my eye, and I was transfixed within seconds. The script is wonderful, the scenery magical and the use of lighting is perfect. That's not to say that it does not have flaws, but they are negligible. Welles and Fontaine are perfect choices for the characters - Welles especially - and there is a haunting early performance by a young Elizabeth Taylor, too.
If you are after a gothic tale, a romance, or simply something that will take your breath away and bring a tear to your eye, this version of 'Jane Eyre' is the way to go.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: cetrimide on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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