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Jane Eyre, BFI
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I saw the preview of the new film Jane Eyre at the BFI yesterday. As I said, Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books EVER. I read the novel originally in my teens, and I have re-read it many times since. I always aspired to be like Jane - she is very resilient in the face of devastating adversity, she is completely independent at a time when the vast majority of women were not at all so, she has real spirit, she has integrity and principles, and she is courageous. I cannot think of a better role model for women, even modern-day women.

The film is outstanding - I loved it! It really captures the heart and soul of the novel. Jane is as she should be - plain but resilient, independent, spirited, and courageous. Mr Rochester is exactly right too - torn, decent, passionate, honest, and trying his best in very difficult circumstances. They both have real character. The screenplay is very true to the spirit of the novel. It retains all the key moments and the key dialogue. I love this film and throughly recommend it to everyone, including any women looking for inspiration!

I thought I would quote one of my favourite passages from the novel to whet your appetite, a passage that is reproduced very faithfully in the film:

“I tell you I must go!” I retorted, roused to something like passion. “Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton?—a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!—I have as much soul as you, and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal—as we are!”

“As we are!” repeated Mr. Rochester—“so,” he added, enclosing me in his arms, gathering me to his breast, pressing his lips on my lips: “so, Jane!”

“Yes, so, sir,” I rejoined: “and yet not so; for you are a married man—or as good as a married man, and wed to one inferior to you—to one with whom you have no sympathy—whom I do not believe you truly love; for I have seen and heard you sneer at her. I would scorn such a union: therefore I am better than you—let me go!”

“Where, Jane? To Ireland?”

“Yes—to Ireland. I have spoken my mind, and can go anywhere now.”

“Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.”

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.”

Another effort set me at liberty, and I stood erect before him.

“And your will shall decide your destiny,” he said: “I offer you my hand, my heart, and a share of all my possessions.”

Buy the book here for the unbeatable price of £1.99. The film is excellent yes, but the source material is even better!:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Wordsworth-Classics-Charlotte-Bronte/dp/1853260207/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315309217&sr=8-1
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I love a good classic! Will catch up with this adaptation eventually, but for now am still very happy with the image of Toby Stephens as Mr Rochester from the BBC series 2006 in my mind. :-)) Are you going back to the BFI for TTSS on the 14th?

I agree the 2006 BBC Series is also outstanding - hard to choose between them. And yes I love Toby Stephens too! He took over from Martin Freeman for the West End run of Clybourne Park, and I actually preferred him to Martin Freeman.

Unfortunately, due to me booking things months in advance, I am in Stratford on 14 September to see Cardenio at the Swan. I had not booked to see this, but then when I was at the Stratford Open Day way back in June, I went to a talk featuring the lead and I changed my mind and booked to see Cardenio then and there!

I will obviously see TTSS but, for the reasons I explained before, it is only Benedict and Tom which are pulling me to see the film. The spy genre is not for me, I have never read or watched any Le Carre, and the footage screened at the Empire Big Screen left me cold. To be honest, I am more looking forward to seeing Third Star again on DVD - the film is about friendship and human relationships and is much more my type of film. I would rather see that again on my TV at home, than TTSS on the big screen!

I'd not read or really watched any Le Carré before either (well maybe vague memories of reading my father's copy of 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' as a teenager) but I'm seriously getting into TTSS via both the novel and the old BBC series on dvd. For me the pull isn't just Benedict and Tom... I like all the other guys involved too! :-)) You could argue that, like Third Star, TTSS is all about male relationships – but in a specialist work environment, with betrayal at stake...

Having said that, I'm really looking forward to seeing Third Star for the first time as soon as my pre-ordered dvd arrives! And Cardenio sounds interesting. :-)

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