JANE EYRE

V' 06

JANE EYRE

Robert Stevenson
USA, 1944
Fiction, 96min, OF

JANE EYRE

Robert Stevenson
USA, 1944
Fiction, 96min, OF

Cast: 
Joan Fontaine
Margaret O'Brien
Edward Rochester
Peggy Ann Garner
John Sutton
Sara Allgood
Henry Daniell
Agnes Moorehead
Elizabeth Taylor
Screenplay: 
Robert Stevenson
John Houseman
Aldous Huxley
Henry Koster nach dem gleichnamigen Roman von Charlotte Brontë
Sound: 
W. D. Flick
Roger Heman
Camera: 
George Barnes
Editor: 
Walter Thompson
Composer: 
Bernhard Herrmann
Decoration: 
William L. Pereira
Wiard Ihnen
James Basevi
Thomas Little
Costume: 
René Hubert

Production: 
20th Century Fox
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
35 mm/1:1,37/Sc

Robert Stevenson collaborated with Aldous Huxley and theatrical-producer John Houseman on the screenplay for this adaptation of Charlotte Brontë'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 secures work as a governess. Jane's employer, the brooding, tormented Edward Rochester, terrifies the prim young governess. Under Jane's gentle influence, Rochester drops his forbidding veneer, going so far as to propose marriage to her, but is still married to a gibbering lunatic whom he is forced to keep locked in his attic. The presence of Orson Welles in the cast, coupled with the dark, Germanic style of the direction and the photography, has led some impressionable cineasts to conclude that Welles was the director, but, like most Fox productions, this is a work by a committee rather than the product of one man. (Hal Erickson)