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George C. Scott
George C. Scott,
Jane Eyre is an orphan, sent to Lowood school, and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield hall to a girl named Adele. While she is there, many strange things happen and eventually she and Edward Rochester, owner of Thornfeild and Adele's guardian, fall in love. Suddenly, when Jane is about to win the happiness she deserves, a dark secret comes to light, and it will take all of her courage, love and understanding to triumph. Written by
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Some criticized this version of the movie because Susannah York and George C. Scott look a bit older than they were in the Charlotte Bronte novel. Others point out that Susannah York is not plain, she is attractive (actually she's gorgeous and they play down her good looks in this film). And others comment that the quality of this video could be better (although I believe there are some versions of this video that are better than others).
In my opinion these criticisms are minor and don't take away from the fact that this is a GEM OF A FILM. Susannah York's acting is absolutely brilliant. She truly captures the soul of Jane... she embodies Jane's strength, dignity, subtle humor, modesty, and her pathos. No woman has come even close to the performance she gives in this role.
George C. Scott is equally brilliant. He totally captures the darkness, larger-than-life energy, brooding and deep feelings of Rochester.
Together these two actors are unmatched by others. The chemistry between them is very powerful and actually very sexy. They are the best part of this film. However, the film has many other things to recommend it. A great supporting cast, gorgeous photography of the English countryside and the brooding moors. Fantastic background music by the great John Williams that serves to heighten the moods of the movie. A wonderful script that is direct and true the spirit of the novel. And last but not least GREAT direction by Delbert Mann.
This is a favorite film of mine, and I hope the film can be preserved for posterity, and that the quality of the videos available to the public can be improved upon a bit. AND that stations like TCM can play this film now and then.
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