Orson Welles at 100: JANE EYRE

Jane Eyre 1

Charlotte Brönte’s gothic 1847 novel about a penniless girl’s resolute journey through life stars Welles as the mysterious, brooding Edward Rochester, wealthy lord of Thornfield Hall who employs (and falls in love with) the titular heroine (Joan Fontaine). We follow Jane from girlhood through her early adulthood, from brutal reform schools to her work as governess of Thornfield and finally through her turbulent courtship with the mercurial Rochester. While Welles is credited as one of three producers, his considerable influence looms large within the film’s thick, intense atmosphere, infused throughout with Bernard Herrmann’s magnificently understated score.

Archival 35mm print courtesy 20th Century Fox Archive.

JANE EYRE screens Friday, December 18 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum). The film is showing as part of our Orson Welles at 100 series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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