No of discs: 1. Black and White. Year: 1943. Drama. Running Time: approx 93 mins.
Director: Robert Stevenson. Cast: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O’Brien, Peggy Ann Garner, John Sutton, Sara Allgood, Henry Daniell, Agnes Moorehead and Elizabeth Taylor.
Based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, this film version features an all-star cast, bringing the gothic romance to life. After spending her childhood in an orphanage, young Jane Eyre
becomes governess to the ward of an imposing older man named Edward Rochester. Under her gentle influence, he drops his forbidding veneer and proposes to her. However, she
discovers that he is already married, keeping his volatile first wife locked in the attic. Jane flees and a series of tragic events unfold. Directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Kenneth Macgowan and Orson Welles; Robert Stevenson, John Houseman and Aldous Huxley adapted the book for the screen. Considered by many to be the best screen adaptation, with Orson Welles playing Mr Rochester perfectly: haunted, tortured, yet caring. Joan Fontaine is an equally perfect Jane Eyre, vulnerable, yet strong and determined.
£15 with free UK Postage.