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Jane Eyre
Format:
DVD, Videorecording, Projected Medium, Visual Materials
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Edition:
Full screen version.
Publisher, Date:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Description:
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Jane comes to Thornfield Hall as a 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 estates. Meanwhile, the secret of Thornfield Hall could ruin all their chances for happiness.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
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Notes:
Closed captioned.
Title from container.
Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
Special features: Orson Welles's Jane Eyre; story boards; production gallery; restoration comparison; trailer.
Director of photography, George Barnes ; editor, Walter Thompson ; music, Bernard Herrmann ; costume designer, Rene Hubert ; production designer, William Pereira.
Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O'Brien, John Sutton, Sara Allgood, Henry Daniell, Agnes Moorehead, Aubrey Mather, Edith Barrett, Barbara Everest, Hillary Brooke.
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo., Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.
English (Dolby 2.0, Dolby mono.), French (Dolby mono.) or Spanish (Dolby mono) dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles.
Publisher Number:
2242574
Other Number:
82551746
System Availability:
2
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
2
Control Number:
163849
Call Number:
DVD-AD DRAMA JANE
# Local items in:
1
# System items in:
1
Medium:
[DVD videorecording]
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Director Robert Stevenson collaborated with novelist Aldous Huxley and theatrical-producer John Houseman on the screenplay for this 1944 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's gothic romance Jane Eyre. After several harrowing years in an orphanage, where she was placed by a supercilious relative for exhibiting the forbidden trait of "willfulness," Jane Eyre (Joan Fontaine) secures work as a governess. Her little charge, French-accented Adele (Margaret O'Brien), is pleasant enough. But Jane's employer, the brooding, tormented Edward Rochester (Orson Welles), terrifies the prim young governess. Under Jane's gentle influence, Rochester drops his forbidding veneer, going so far as to propose marriage to Jane. But they are forbidden connubial happiness when it is revealed that Rochester is still married to a gibbering lunatic whom he is forced to keep locked in his attic. Rochester reluctantly sends Jane away, but she returns, only to find that the insane wife has burned down the mansion and rendered Rochester sightless. In the tradition of Victorian romances, this purges Rochester of any previous sins, making him a worthy mate for the loving Jane. The presence of Orson Welles in the cast (he receives top billing), coupled with the dark, Germanic style of the direction and photography, has led some impressionable cineasts to conclude that Welles, and not Stevenson, was the director. To be sure, Welles contributed ideas throughout the filming; also, the script was heavily influenced by the Mercury Theater on the Air radio version of Jane Eyre, on which Welles, John Houseman and musical director Bernard Herrmann all collaborated. But Jane Eyre was made at 20th Century-Fox, a studio disinclined to promote the auteur theory; like most Fox productions, this is a work by committee rather than the product of one man. This in no way detracts from the overall excellence of the film; of all adaptations of Jane Eyre (it had previously been filmed in 1913, 1915 and 1921, and has been remade several times since), this 1943 version is one of the best. Keep an eye out for an uncredited Elizabeth Taylor as the consumptive orphanage friend of young Jane Eyre (played as child by Peggy Ann Gardner). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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