Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Robert Stevenson (1943)

92min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
From Tudor Rose through Back Street to Mary Poppins, British director Robert Stevenson always demonstrated a warmly sympathetic treatment of women characters. This adaptation of the Brontë classic is a fine example of his work, though many will persist in attributing the film's virtues to Orson Welles, who might have made a fine job of directing it, given the chance. Welles's Edward Rochester is suitably awesome, dominating his scenes (naturally), but, unfortunately, slowing the pace whenever he appears. Joan Fontaine, still recovering from a severe double dose of Alfred Hitchcock - Rebecca and Suspicion - acquits herself well in the title role. Watch for a young Elizabeth Taylor in a small but telling appearance early on.

Summary

A naive young woman becomes governess in a mysterious Yorkshire mansion and before long she is completely besotted with her charismatic but intimidating employer. But unbeknown to her, the master of the house is concealing a dark secret. Romantic period drama based on Charlotte Bronte's novel, starring Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead and Margaret O'Brien.

Cast & Crew

Edward Rochester Orson Welles
Jane Eyre Joan Fontaine
Adele Margaret O'Brien
Jane, as a child Peggy Ann Garner
Dr Rivers John Sutton
Bessie Sara Allgood
Brockelhurst Henry Daniell
Mrs Reed Agnes Moorehead
Helen Burns Elizabeth Taylor
Colonel Dent Aubrey Mather
Mrs Fairfax Edith Barrett
Lady Ingraham Barbara Everest
Blanche Hillary Brooke
Grace Poole Ethel Griffies
Director Robert Stevenson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama