Jane Eyre 1970 Remastered
Thanks to my Cornish correspondent for the tip, this version of Jane Eyre, starring Susannah York and George C. Scott has been digitally remastered and is set for a May 8th release in the UK. This is good news because I have a copy of the film before said remastering and there's nothing more awful. I have a wobbly copy of the 1952 version which is far better, for not only are there scratches- large scratches- on the film, and the colour has darkened severely, a scene or part of a scene at least are missing entirely. I don't know if this can have been corrected. It is my understanding that the surviving reels were damaged. Scratches can be fixed but not lost footage. We shall see...
Or rather, some of you shall see. For my part, I won't be buying this. It is the worst version of them all, in my opinion. I don't mean to offend those who cherish it, but I find it difficult to sit through. Jane really seems a pathetic creature in this film, and I often wonder if Rochester is an animate being; he spends so much of his time staring blankly at the ceiling. But then he nods his head, or blinks, to show he is indeed alive. And then there's that time he threw a glass across the room in a sudden burst of rage at Jane during one of their chats. She didn't mind because, she doesn't have a shred of self respect. But the primary memories I have of this film are: St.John Rivers grasping Jane on the moors, staring at her with his smoldering black eyes and gasping "I need you, Jane! I need you!" He is more moved by Jane's piano playing than Rochester is for the duration of the film, which leads me to memory number two: Ferndean. Jane sits next to him in the garden, he realises she is there and acts like she had just come back from the store with some sugar for his tea or something. Naturally, she is disappointed, I think, that he isn't more pleased to see her: "Maybe I should have gone with St.John".
The horror... But, see it by all means, do. But do excuse me, please.
Wait, it does contain one of my favourite unintentionally hilarious scenes of Brontedom. Mr Rochester, after he tells Jane how he loved Bertha 'every bit as much as I love you now' goes into detail about how nasty asylums can be:
Mr Rochester: Have you ever been to an asylum? ...
(cut to: ...everyone having left during his long speech)
Mr Rochester: Jane? Jane?!
(runs through the whole house which seems completely empty- giving the impression that everyone had finally had enough of his bad acting).
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Jane Eyre 1970 Remastered