Jane Eyre
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Director Robert Stevenson collaborated with novelist Aldous Huxley and theatrical-producer John Houseman on the screenplay for this 1944 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's gothic romance Jane Eyre. After several harrowing years in an orphanage, where she was placed by a supercilious relative for exhibiting the forbidden trait of "willfulness," Jane Eyre (Joan Fontaine) secures work as a governess. Her little charge, French-accented Adele (Margaret O'Brien), is pleasant enough. But Jane's employer, the brooding, tormented Edward Rochester (Orson Welles), terrifies the prim… More

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"Stevenson would go on to become Disney's most bankable director (Mary Poppins, The Love Bug, etc.), but don't expect any spoonfuls of sugar here: Jane Eyre is a dark, foreboding film."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's difficult to watch the film without considering aspects of authorship, but if you can, there's a very good film underneath."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Solid, unimaginative version of the book with great cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of the best Hollywood versions of Bronte's classic text, largely due to Orson Welles' powerful performance, dark visuals, and ominous music by yje genius Bernard Herrmann."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A well-constructed piece of studio work, with vivid black-and-white cinematography under matte painting skies that creates a turbulent, oppressive mood."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"The whole picture seems to fuse a relentless, revisionist Mercury Theater "take" on Jane Eyre to an obvious attempt on the part of Fox to ride the post-Rebecca wave of Gothic romantic mystery."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"...that this Jane Eyre is more Orson Welles's movie than co-star Joan Fontaine's or director Robert Stevenson's may be a blessing in disguise."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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