Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Director: Franco Zeffirelli Cast: William Hurt
William Hurt
, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
, Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
Franco Zeffirelli
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Director: Franco Zeffirelli Cast: William Hurt
William Hurt
, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
, Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
Franco Zeffirelli

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Overview

Director Franco Zeffirelli stresses emotional realism over gothic chills in this restrained adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic. The screenplay, by Zeffirelli and Hugh Whitmore, remains relatively faithful to the original story, beginning with a condensed look at the troubled childhood of young Jane (Anna Paquin) and her mistreatment by a cruel aunt (Fiona Shaw). The bulk of the film centers on Jane as an adult (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a prim governess who accepts a position at Thornfield Hall caring for the young Adele (Josephine Serre). There Jane also must deal with the estate's head, Edward Rochester (William Hurt), a mysteriously brooding yet oddly alluring older man. She finds herself drawn to Rochester, but their potential romance is threatened by Jane's fears and Rochester's internal torment. Rather than the spooky visuals of earlier adaptations, Zeffirelli and cinematographer David Watkins opt for a subdued gloominess, placing emphasis on Gainsbourg's and Hurt's wounded portrayals. Fans of the gothic will likely find Zeffirelli's interpretation anemic in comparison to the passionate 1944 version with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles, though others may appreciate the more naturalistic and faithful approach.


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Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2021
UPC: 0810072542014
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG
Source: Miramax
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 1,449

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Rochester
Charlotte Gainsbourg Jane Eyre
Joan Plowright Mrs. Fairfax
Anna Paquin Young Jane
Geraldine Chaplin Miss Scatcherd
Billie Whitelaw Grace Poole
Edward de Souza Mason
Elle MacPherson Blanche
Maria Schneider Bertha
Josephine Serre Adele Varens
Fiona Shaw Mrs. Reed
Samuel West St. John Rivers
John Wood Mr. Brocklehurst

Technical Credits
Franco Zeffirelli Director,Screenwriter
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Dennis Bosher Art Director
Claudio Capponi Score Composer,Songwriter
Noel Davis Casting
Raimonda Gaetani Art Director
Maria Teresa Girosi Asst. Director
Roger Hall Production Designer
Joyce Herlihy Associate Producer
Jean-Francois Lepetit Co-producer
Dyson Lovell Producer
Richard Marden Editor
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Alessio Vlad Score Composer,Songwriter
David Watkin Cinematographer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Hugh Whitemore Screenwriter
Giovannella Zannoni Co-producer
Charlotte Bronte Source Author

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