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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Pledge and Sirens

I have been trying to upload a clip for one of my readers (Kathleen I think?) of the song Sirens from Jane Eyre: The Musical but I'm experiencing some technical difficulties. I did get a clip uploaded but it looks like cravat porn. For some reason there's a 200% zoom or something trained on Mr Rochester's cravat and Jane's bust.

Oh dear.

This is the act one finale. It actually includes two songs, The Pledge and Sirens. Since there's the 200% zoom I should explain that they are talking in the garden when Robert the butler interrupts them.

I'll keep trying to upload a normal clip!

ETA: Oh, there is one other thing I should mention and since there's such an extreme closeup of his hands you can see this perfectly. There is a ring of Mr Rocheter's hand. Throughout the show he will look to it or touch it as a memento of his father and brother- although this is never explicitly stated in the show. It is a way of keeping his past before him, as it were.

ETA: Oh... and I suppose you can't see this either. At the end we can see Bertha through a window above them holding a candle and singing (she's the third voice which comes in near the end).


Kathleen Bolton said...


I'm at work right now or I'd be blasting the thing megawatt. Even "cravat porn" style, the music and their blended voices are magical.

Honestly, I can't thank you enough for going through the hassle.

Brontëana said...

I thought if I uploaded a larger clip it might work out to the right size! So I'm working on one which goes from just after 'Finer Things' and will include Mrs. Fairfax telling Jane to come to the party, the guests and Rochester dancing, Blanche and Rochester singing their duet, Mason arriving, the Pledge, and Sirens! (phew!) All in 10 minutes.

Glaukôpis said...

Let this be a lesson to all actors that they must act with *every* part of their body, including their hands and torsos. Never know when you'll be immortalized that way. :-D

And thanks, hon. ;-)

Brontëana said...

Bertha has something to laugh about now. ^_^

ChrisV said...

Cravat porn......ughhghhhgh (cue Homer Simpson gurgle)

The ring is a nice touch.

Speaking of Bertha, I rewatched the 1934 Jane Eyre (inspired) version. I was reminded of my first viewing and reaction...whuh????? Anyhow, I got a good laugh when Bertha came down the stairs and asked Jane if she wanted to go to her (Bertha's) wedding (2nd one) to Rochester. I forgot how whiney they portrayed Jane.

Rochester: you frightened my horse!
Jane: Well your horse frightened me!!!!

Brontëana said...

to chrisv:

And Colin Clive as Rochester is so darn nice, he makes Toby Stephens look like a grump. ;)

I think my favourite part is when Jane looks at him, her platinum blond ringlettes and violet eyes shining and says 'I am your plain, quakerish governess!'