Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
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Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Director Franco Zeffirelli stresses emotional realism over gothic chills in this restrained adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic. The screenplay, by Zeffirelli and Hugh Whitmore, remains relatively faithful to the original story, beginning with a condensed look at the troubled childhood of young Jane (Anna Paquin) and her mistreatment by a cruel aunt (Fiona Shaw). The bulk of the film centers on Jane as an adult (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a prim governess who accepts a position at Thornfield Hall caring for the young Adele (Josephine Serre). There Jane also must deal with the estate's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"All the literary elements are here, but it's lacking in emotion."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"an O.K. adaptation, most notable for Hurt's performance"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Interestingly low-key take on the classic. By underplaying Rochester, Hurt manages to make him just a little bit creepier."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Convincing and mesmerizing interpretation of this literary classic by Charlotte Bronte."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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