"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Movie Review: Jane Eyre (1934)

Hello Everyone!!

So LAST YEAR Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice, hosted this Jane Eyre read-along and I said that I could review this version of the movie, and that was last year and I still haven't gotten around to it!!! So today I WILL!!!!!! I'm so sorry this has taken so long Hamlette!!! It's really hard to watch it in a house where only two of you have read the book and you don't want to have the others watch it because you don't want it spoiled and for some reason the disc won't work on the computer, okay, okay, I was being stubborn. I could have watched it any time on YouTube but I wanted to watch our version. Sorry about that. Any way, enough excuses. Here it is:

Jane Eyre (1934):
The film is actually in black and white.
Based on the book by Charlotte Bronté, It is about a governess, Jane Eyre, who goes to work for a Mr. Rochester and they fall in love, but there is more to Mr. Rochester than meets the eye.
Genre: Romance.
Costumes: 8, My favorite is the one she first has tea with Mr. Rochester in.

Script: 6, they did make up a bit. "If I die of the plague my dying wish will be that he marries you."
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Produced by: Ben Verschleiser
Written by: Adele Comandini
Based on: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronté
Virginia Bruce as Jane Eyre, as sweet and lovely as ever: ☆

Colin Clive as Mr. Rochester, He really is a perfect Edward Rochester, but in this movie, he is such a softy! Taking in mind that this film is only 63 minutes long, but still, in the book he doesn't really care about Adele, but in this movie he is the great Uncle Edward. He is perfect when he first meets Jane, but after that is just too nice. I mean he is in the book too, but in the book, through the course of it he changes into a different person. Here he already is that different person as soon as he is in his own house in this movie:

Beryl Mercer as Mrs. Fairfax ☆
David Torrence as Mr. Brocklehurst ☆
Aileen Pringle as Lady Blanche Ingram ☆
Edith Fellows as Adele Rochester √
Jean Darling as Jane Eyre as a Child ☆
Ethel Griffies as Grace Poole ☆
Claire Du Brey as Bertha, too tidy.
Music: 8, it has a nice theme.
Music by:
Quotes: 7,
"My foot is caught!"
"Her foot is caught!"
"Her foot is caught, so I've heard."
Notes: I thought that this was the first movie version of it, but there actually is a 1910 version!! But this was the first version to use sound!
Good For: Anyone who loves a good romance, Anybody.
Storyline: 6, As this is only 63 minutes, as I have said before, it goes really quickly. There are a few scenes they rushed or missed:
1. Jane can make the trip to Thornfield Hall because of the small inheritance from her uncle.
2. They do not have the Gypsy scene.
3. She meets Mr. Rochester on her way to Thornfield Hall.
4. There is a "John" Rivers, and he is a missionary, but they didn't really do too much on him. He only has a minute of screen time.
Overall Score: 7

So, there is so much more to the story and if you want to see all Hamlette thinks about each chapter (you really should, it makes the story more beautiful!) here is the link to her post that has all the links for each chapter. Here:

Also she had an awesome givaway and I got a bookmark! I have been using it and it is perfect!!!

Thank you so much Hamlette for this awesome read-along!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that some time you are able to see this movie and tell me what you think of it!



  1. How cool! There are a ton of movies versions I haven't seen yet, including this one. I can't imagine than 63 minutes would let you do much more than gallop from set piece to set piece, but it sounds like they at least got the general story in there somewhere, huh?

    So glad you like the bookmark!

    1. This is the only version I've seen! Yeah, it goes SUPER quickly! And it is pretty accurate up to a certain point. I think you would like it!

      It's great!!

  2. I haven't seen this version of the movie, but I'd like to watch it! Nice work.


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