Jane Eyre – An Indomitable Spirit

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will

Jane Eyre, Volume 2, Chapter 23

This day, on October 16 in 1847, the quintessential Victorian novel “Jane Eyre” was published in London. It was originally published in 3 volumes – divided into chapters: 1 to 15; 16 to 27; and 28 to 38.

This work of Gothic literature written under the pseudonym “Currer Bell,” by Yorkshire/England-born novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816-55) is widely considered a classic that emphasise love and passion, love versus autonomy, religion, social class…

As for me, it is a love story between the reader in Me and Jane Eyre, a woman so poor and plain but with an indomitable spirit.

Of the various movie and TV adaptations of Jane Eyre, versions in our collection are:

Jane Eyre   (20th Century Fox, 1944, Dir: Robert Stevenson) – Screenplay by Aldous Huxley-Robert Stevenson and John Houseman, Starring: Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Margaret O’Brien, etc.

Jane Eyre   (BBC TV Mini-Series, 10-12/1983, Dir: Julian Amyes) – Dramatised by Alexander Baron, Starring: Zelah Clarke, Timothy Dalton, Carol Gillies, etc.

Jane Eyre   (BBC One, 2006,      Dir: Susanna White) – Scripted by Sand Welch and Starring: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Lorraine Ashbourne, etc.

Jane Eyre (BBC Films, 2010, Dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga) – Scripted by Moira Buffini and  Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, etc.

Notes:              

  1. Image 6 above: From Jane Eyre starring: Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.   
  2. The Books and DVD/Blu-ray of the movies referred are available with amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and other leading dealers.
  3. Book sleeves credit: amazon.com, amazon.in

(© Joseph Sébastine/Manningtree Archive)

17 thoughts on “Jane Eyre – An Indomitable Spirit

  1. I’ve seen several of these adaptations, and always go back to the ’83 BBC version with Zelah Clarke and Timothy Dalton. Except for the fact that Timothy Dalton is much too handsome for the role of Mr. Rochester (not that I’m complaining), that version really captures the mood and tone of the novel and the characters. And it stays pretty true to the plot. This was a most enjoyable post.

    • Thank you, Donna. Each adaptation has its strengths. The Ruth Wilson as well as Mia Wasikowska versions are also impressive. I am yet to catch up with the Mary Sinclair/Charlton Heston and Susannah York/George C.Scott versions. Maybe they are available on Amazon Prime Video.

  2. This is the second time around for me, Jo. I had to think back to a Jane Eyre movie that I saw many years ago, which I very much appreciated for the starkness. Susannah York was Jane Eyre and George C. Scott was Edward Rochester. I found a short video clip that I hope you can access. https://youtu.be/Sg7kpUEwQQ4. Your posts are always excellent, Jo. Thank you!

    • I appreciate your comments. As I commented to Ms.Donna, I haven’t watched the adaptation featuring Samantha York. The link you sent me has certainly triggered the choice to obtain a copy of that movie adaptation soon. Thank you, Rebecca.

      • I had forgotten all about that movie until I read your post. I appreciated its darkness. Although I kept thinking of the movie Patton. Wasn’t George C Scott amazing as Paton!

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