Jane Eyre details
|Starring:||Geraldine Chaplin, Fiona Shaw, Anna Paquin, Joan Plowright, Billie Whitelaw, Elle Macpherson, John Wood, Maria Schneider, Amanda Root, Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Hurt|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Bad adaptation of this...By a customer from LONDON , 11 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Bad adaptation of this Bronte classic, was disappointed by this 1968 version with William Hurt. Such a great book, this film did the book no justice. The original Black and White version remains the best.
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interestingBy Richard Kirk from Tamworth , 19 Feb 2008Having read the book it was interesting to see my girlfriend, who hasn't read the book, comment on how she thought this film dragged, but I felt it zipped along.
Novelisations are always a curious beast if you read the book before seeing the film, as you seem to spend most of the time noticing what has either been changed or left out from the book.
I did enjoy this version though, and William Hurt made a very good Mr Rochester.
Always a favouriteBy a customer from Scottish Borders , 21 Jun 2007Able to watch time and again
Jane Eyre slashed and splicedBy a customer from Newcastle upon Tyne , 02 Dec 2006The 'problem' with Jane Eyre as far as adaptations for film and TV are concerned seems to that it contains an attractive almost fairytale like (not so Beautiful and the Beast) basic romance storyline that it can be populated with characters that resemble those of the novel almost in name only and otherwise abused by 'artistic licence' (usually for the sake of limiting duration) and still survive as a more or less satisfying 'entertainment experience'. I saw this a few years ago before I knew anything of the novel and remember enjoying it and deeming it a good film. However, having now read the novel, the number of flagrant and unecessary modifcations significantly undermine any enjoyment. Young Jane is portrayed as being far too provocatively assertive, Miss temple is reduced to a junior teacher. Although Charlotte Gainsbourg makes an endearing young gouverness this gouverness is not Jane Eyre in any measure except for lack of smiling and making. Adele do her homework. Hurt's Rochester, unlike he of the novel, comes over a largely 'normally tempered' man who has been somewhat twisted/jaded by bad experience. Where the film really fails is in the extreme reduction of the 'Rivers' section of the novel..however since here we really have not learned much at all about Jane emotional principles and aspirations etc. perhaps it would have been senseless to actually make her rejection of St. John's proposal take up any more than about 20 seconds!
jane eyreBy a customer from stroud , 01 Nov 2006a good version, but not the best.
Pretty, but pointlessBy Rebecca Bates from Canterbury, England , 27 Oct 2006A very pretty adaptation and Charlotte Gainsbourg makes a good Jane, but the adaptation seems to have been very rushed. An awful lot of important details are left out of the story - most of the witty repartee between Jane and Mr Rochester for instance - which leaves you wondering quite why she seems to be in love with him. And the second half of the book, Jane's flight from Thornfield, her time with the Rivers and her reasons for rejecting St John, seems to have been condensed into about 10 minutes. If you haven't read the book, it's probably going to make no sense at all. My advice? Read the novel and ignore this film.