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Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 1944 (USA)
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After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Charlotte Brontë (by), Aldous Huxley (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Edward Rochester
Joan Fontaine ... Jane Eyre
Margaret O'Brien ... Adele Varens
Peggy Ann Garner ... Jane Eyre as a Child
John Sutton ... Dr. Rivers
Sara Allgood ... Bessie
Henry Daniell ... Henry Brocklehurst
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Reed
Aubrey Mather ... Colonel Dent
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Fairfax
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Lady Ingraham
Hillary Brooke ... Blanche Ingraham
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Small, plain and poor, Jane Eyre (Joan Fontaine) comes to Thornfield Hall as governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester (Orson Welles). Denied love all of her life, Jane can't help but be attracted to the intelligent, vibrant, energetic Mr. Rochester, a man twice her age. But just when Mr. Rochester seems to be returning the attention, he invites the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingraham (Hillary Brooke) and her party to stay at his estate. Meanwhile, the secret of Thornfield Hall could ruin all of their chances for happiness. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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A Love Story Every Woman Would Die a Thousand Deaths to Live! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Composer Bernard Herrmann also wrote an operatic version of Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights". See more »

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The text of "Jane Eyre, Chapter 1" that appears on screen does not correspond to the text of Bronte's novel. Chapter 1 actually opens, "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question." See more »

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Jane Eyre: [narrating] My name is Jane Eyre... I was born in 1820, a harsh time of change in England. Money and position seemed all that mattered. Charity was a cold and disagreeable word. Religion too often wore a mask of bigotry and cruelty. There was no proper place for the poor or the unfortunate. I had no father or mother, brother or sister. As a child I lived with my aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall. I do not remember that she ever spoke one kind word to me.
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Beautiful, classic film!
7 November 2001 | by MandiceSee all my reviews

Reading the novel before seeing the movie, I had my own ideas about the characters of Miss Bronte's book. The movie leaves quite a bit of the story out, but dutifully makes up for it with a strong actors and incredible cinematography.

Joan Fontaine portrays the shy, demure Jane Eyre. (or is she?) I always believed this was the story of a woman forced to be what society felt a woman should be. Once Jane becomes the governess of Mr. Rochester's ward, she feels free to be the woman she truly is: strong-willed, opinionated and passionate.

Truly, they just don't make movies like this anymore. Not just a love story, this is a tale of finding oneself and realizing one's true destiny.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Waise von Lowood See more »

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Budget:

$1,705,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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