Jane EyreDirector: Joan Craft
This 1973 production of the renowned novel by Charlotte Brontë features Sorcha Cusack as the title character, a young woman who goes to work for the mysterious Mr. Rochester (Michael Jayston). She notices that something strange is going on in the house, but since he does not allow her to enter certain areas, it is difficult for her to uncover the truth. As her feelings toward Rocheser begin to change into something more serious, she fears what secrets he is keeping from her.
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- Acorn Media
Cast & Crew
1. Part One: Gateshead Hall [8:38]
2. Part One: Mr. Lloyd [11:25]
3. Part One: Lowood Institution [11:36]
4. Part One: Helen's Help [6:10]
5. Part One: Typhus Fever [5:18]
6. Part One: New Servitude [6:11]
1. Part Two: Mr. Rochester [13:03]
2. Part Two: Art Critique [5:12]
3. Part Two: Candid Conversation [15:40]
4. Part Two: Strange Laughter [5:31]
5. Part Two: Wake Up! [8:05]
1. Part Three: Cross-Questioning [6:51]
2. Part Three: Blanche Ingram [9:15]
3. Part Three: Smitten [9:31]
4. Part Three: A Cry In the Night [11:39]
5. Part Three: Family News [7:25]
6. Part Three: Last Words [5:10]
Disc #2 -- Jane Eyre, Vol. 2
1. Part Four: Return to Thornfield [3:58]
2. Part Four: True Equals [11:19]
3. Part Four: No Jewels for Jane [6:01]
4. Part Four: Almost Pretty [6:57]
5. Part Four: Surprise Guest [13:22]
6. Part Four: Hoodwinked [8:11]
1. Part Five: Destitute [13:46]
2. Part Five: School Mistress [3:05]
3. Part Five: Narrator [7:26]
4. Part Five: A Missionary's Wife [12:23]
5. Part Five: Blind Love [13:48]
Charlotte Brontë Biography
Disc #2 -- Jane Eyre, Vol. 2
Part Four: Scene Index
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Absolutely wonderful adaptation that has stood the test of time. Michael Jayston and Sorcha Cusack ARE Rochester and Jane. Their acting is wonderful, and there is great chemistry between them. Far, far superior to the 1983 version with Tim Dalton and Zelah Clark which just never comes alive. Don't miss the 1973 version, it's a classic!
I was thrilled to see this version finally available on DVD. This has always been my favorite book from when I was a young woman. This version with Michael Jayston is the best, most faithful version. I remember watching it for the first time many years ago. No other version comes close, although I do like the Dalton version too. Michael Jayston is a perfect Mr. Rochester....stern, dark, mysterious, desparate, yet loving. The film is great because it uses much of the novel's dialogue. It is faithful to the story of love, loss, and found again love between Jane and Mr. Rochester. If you've never seen this version, please watch it...it is far better than all the others.
Although I'm waiting to see how this one compares to the 2011 version coming out, this is so far my favorite version and is quite under the radar compared to the other versions. In particular, I like Mr Rochester and the layout of the film. I highly recommend seeing this version.
I recently did a search for all the Jane Eyre films I could find and I must tell you... This version is the best one I have found. I was very happy with the whole production. Michael Jayston is a very talented man and brings the role of Edward Rochester alive! I think it is the wit and charm of Jayston's facial expressions that makes this one a gem. The acting is on the level as well. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good drama and a classic.
You're better off reading Brontë 's novel. What your imagination will conjure I guarantee will far surpass anything you'll see here. There are no new insights and limited involvement. Basically no one attached to the production had a clue how to execute scenes or write them. The script rambles and the acting is stifled. The one exception is Geoffrey Whitehead as St John Rivers (in fact all the Rivers are quite good), who almost makes us forget Jane. I said almost. How to describe it. Ms. Cusack looks and acts like a smug 40 year old, '-been-there, done-that-' matron, who's really a dimwit – coyly smiling one minute- glazed over (maybe stoned, it's hard to tell), the next. And a relentlessly wrinkled brow, seems to be a mainstay in her acting repertoire. It's hard to even guess what she was after. She also seems to best Rochester in discussion after discussion, which seems out of sync with her character. Jane is intelligent, witty and understated, not an obvious, obnoxious 'last word Sam'. Mr. Jayston, who's a big improvement over his costar (and a lot more subtle), still seems to be telling the story from a distance, often (not always) externally " acting" the lines. His Rochester also comes off a trifle too dandyish, to be truly sardonic and forceful. There is also annoying narration plunked in unceremoniously, leaping in, between sentences explaining what is, or at least what ought to be apparent. Presumably to create the effect of the book. But it is not a book, and the effect is disruptive, diffusive, and completely unnecessary. There are also many fake kisses which have all the appeal of smashing two dummy heads together and making smooching noises. In fact too much of this feels fake, and stagy. Even the the post-fire scene has a mechanical, rehearsed quality. To cap it off, when Rochester tells Jane to go, she says, matter-of-factly, " I will sir when you release my hand." They added this line, why exactly? Did they think it was clever? Or that we couldn't see that he was still holding her hand? Precisely when they need to show, they tell. You never feel that anything in the story matters very much. In fact the actors, writer, and director, often seem like saboteurs, feverishly pulling it toward the opposite end. I thought since this was an obscure BBC version, faithful to the book, that somehow I'd found a gem. The low amount of reviews, (everywhere) should have raised flags. I also should have read them more carefully. I don't think there's any comparison between this and the 1983 version with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton, which has a lot more verve, and the one I recommend. It's also very faithful, but not straightjacketed, and interpreted with greater sophistication. Even with some obvious problem areas in 1983, it'd still need one hell of a handicap for 1973 to qualify in the same race. It looks like they were both done on a shoestring, but the quality of acting and writing in '83 is vastly superior. If you're not creating an " Eyre" anthology collection, but want something faithful, skip this, get that, and/or buy the book.