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Monday, October 23, 2006

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Well, my plan to write a substantial post was undermined by having more work to do on a conference paper I'm presenting tomorrow. Not that I've forgotten about the Brontes. I have nothing else to console me in the rare moments when I am not studying. Here are two more clips from the archives.

Believe it or not but I can identify the very frame in this clip which first caught my interest, and led me to read the novel!



And this is just precious. I think I must be the only person on the planet who does not hate this adaptation with a passion but I have an extremely high tolerance for bad adaptations. However, if you think about it, all they did was modernise the novel by taking out anything remotely troubling and adding a puppy. Everyone loves puppies. This is the 1934 version- the first talkie Jane Eyre.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So which frame was it? I would have guessed "You have me utterly"

good luck w/your presentation! and love the blog (even with the clips) )

law

ChrisV said...

I remember the first time I saw that early version of Jane Eyre. I purchased the DVD without knowing about it. I was amazed that it was called Jane Eyre. It seemed so vaguely related to the book.

TLB said...

Like Anonymous I would guess "You have me utterly."

I remember reading a somewhat positive review of the Zeffirelli and the critic singled that line out for praise. He said, iirc, that one could assume from William's delivery that Jane had not only captured Rochester's likeness but his heart as well.

mysticgypsy said...

aww the Adele (the matchmaker?) in the second clip was cute. At least she doesn't look 14. Uncle Edward indeed ;)

Marybeth said...

Just wanted to add my voice to say I actually do like the 1996 version. It's the only adaptation I know other than faint memories I have of the Orson Welles version. My Netflix queue will soon educate me on what else I've missed.

I am curious: what exactly is it about the '96 version that people generally don't like? I understand it's not a perfect adaptation, but it's no "Mansfield Park." (Sorry, that's just the Janite in me coming out.)

mysticgypsy said...

"what exactly is it about the '96 version that people generally don't like?"

I liked the '96 version quite a bit. One thing I didn't like is Hurt's portrayal of Rochester in that he seemed a bit too melancholy.

Laura said...

I agree - he wasn't impressive enough physically (too thin!) and he lacked Rochester's easy charm and charisma...