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Monday, September 25, 2006

My Nightmare Come True

It sounds a lot worse than it really is, and yet the subject line is literally true. The first episode of Jane Eyre is absolutely everywhere, and so I have seen it personally. Last week or so I had a nightmare that it would have a Star Wars scene in it (this is entirely my friend's fault. She saw one of the preview clips, then showed me a British comic making fun of Brits in movies including Star Wars). I jotted my impressions down. Twice I was reminded of Star Wars, and once of The Great Escape. Possibly Master and Commander as well, very seldom reminded of Jane Eyre.
Now, for a few screencaps from the first half of the first episode:








But this one is my favourite (I did not caption it. That is the subtitle). Click to see it full sized:

17 comments:

ChrisV said...

I also found it on the internet - such a great tool! Thanks for the screen grabs. I was waiting for the nightmare part of your "nightmare". I guess the Star Wars scene in JE was not as humorous as it sounds like it would be? How did it seep itself into Jane Eyre? Did she have Leia buns (if you are referring to SW: A New Hope)? Did Han give Rochester a run for his money -- ha ha!

There you go inspiring my flights of fancy again!

pennyforyourdreams said...

My favourite bit so far has to be Rochester's face as Jane starts to play a jaunty tune on the piano!

Bubonic Woodchuck said...

I have to say the change that amused (horrified?) me the most was Rochester the Biology Major. *cackles*

Brontëana said...

to chrisv:

I am having trouble with photoshop at the moment. :(

I am glad to have seen it. I think the program improves as it goes along but the first few scenes were awful.

Okay, it was hilarious, actually. I laughed through most of it until Ruth shows up and it starts to get good. Little Jane reminded me of an angry little Yoda when she talked back to Mrs. Reed. And I thought the two of them were going to start battling it out with The Force over control of the universe. There was something else vaguely Star Wars like about it all but I can't remember what it was...

Yay! I hope I will get to see these products of my inspiration? ;)

Brontëana said...

to pennyforyourdreams:

I like his portrayal of Rochester. He has a geeky sort of charm ;)

Brontëana said...

to woodchuck:

I love it. ;) I thought the butterfly net as a flag, especially the way he's marching like that. So I found that really silly too. But I like it- it works... sort of.

pennyforyourdreams said...

As this is my first Rochester, so to speak, I have to say that I like his gentle snark. I think he's my favourite, erm, out of one...

ChrisV said...

I'm so glad you started this topic because although I haven't watched it in entirety yet, I previewed the first few minutes (before reading this thread) and the opening scene reminded me of the Tatooine desert and I expected C3PO and R2D2 to come shuffling over the hills - or at least a double sunset.

At first I wasn't going to mention it (too self-conscious) but since you said it first...

Brontëana said...

to penny:

Well, they did sort of include my favourite of all scenes- in a way. I've always loved the banter of the carriage scene (when Rochester turns his last meeting with Jane into a fairytale for Adele- who won't believe a word of it). I've often wanted to see what that would look like on screen. This is probably as close as I cn get ;) He's a cute, sweet Rochester. A bit snarky, yes. ;)

Brontëana said...

to chrisv:

I'm not alone! Actually, my friends are having a marvellous time with our favourite pastime of putting captions on screencaps. One of my friends has made an art of it. I posted more screencaps and one of them was the burning bed:
"I keep expecting to see Evel Kneival's motorcycle jump through the bed."

I also think that the shot of the painting behind Jane on the stool:

"God: Neener, neener, neener!"

ChrisV said...

Nope you aren't alone. I'd love to see how you've 'repurposed' the screen caps. :-)

I'm gonna watch it now - A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

ChrisV said...

After the viewing, I agree that it improves as it progresses. The young Jane part was so compressed - but at least we know what that wood company contributed to the production - the caskets.

My husband and I laughed when the coachman, as he approached Thornfield with Jane, commented "There's always a light burning in the tower".

The humor is there on purpose, right? Like when Rochester tells Jane to sit and then says "not you Pilot". Or when, at their picnic, Adele tells Mrs. Fairfax how Rochester says she will be digusting and Mrs. Fairfax says "that's nice, dear".

It took some time to adapt to the language...from Charlotte's eloquence to Rochester talking about his youth as "youngish".... And then...yadda, yadda, yadda, Adele was born.

I am looking forward to the next installments.

Brontëana said...

to chrisv:

Oh, I laugh at that line as well. It was another moment where I was beat over the head with the fact that this is a film. BY the WAY, that LIGHT will be IMPORTANT. Just letting you know... There's no other reason for me to mention it, really...

Yes, but a lot of it must not be intentional. The whole 15 or 20 minutes was hysterical. It pains me to admit it. I feel attached to the production after watching it develop for so long! But at least those later scenes are promising. I think Toby and Ruth are very talented actors but the script is just plain bad in places.

Brontëana said...

to anna schram vejlby:

I meant the Bronte group on Yahoo!

Liz said...

Oh, I am so glad you have got to see it - I felt bad dropping only vague hints about my feelings. There's nothing worse than hearing someone's criticism of something without being able to judge it for yourself!

I agree it got better as it progressed, although the "Adele-in-a-basket" addendum annoyed me. I also thought that "youngish" was an anachronism, but perhaps not, since 'ish' dates back much further.

I am still waiting impatiently for the second ep!

Laura said...

Bronteana:

I agree that the script was very bad!

Why did they have to change the dialogue? why why why? it was perfect!

Anonymous said...

I Think this is a wonderful additon to the collection of Jane Eyre's though truth be told you can never beat the book. even though i do like this mr Rochester