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|I have read the book (many, many times)
Written by Julie P.
(2/3/2013 12:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane Eyre - the 1981 Timothy Dalton/Zelah Clarke version (spoiler, penned by StephenB
and this 1983 version of JE is my favorite of them all. I may prefer Austen, but JE is one of my very favorite books.
I also like the 2006 version overall, but there are several liberties taken from the book that I do not like. I consider this version to be a "guilty pleasure." As for other JE adaptations, I have little use for the theatrical release with William Hurt, nor am I a fan of the ITV version with Ciaran Hinds and Samantha Morton. The 1973 version with Michael Jayston and Sorcha Cusack is also good, and the "classic" version, with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine is (IMO) better as a stand-alone movie than it is as an adaptation of a dearly loved book. I also like the 1970 version with George C. Scott and Susannah York. It's better than one would think.
As an aside, there is a 1930s version that is so bad it's funny. There was also a TV production from the 1940s with Charlton Heston that's truly awful, but it's also (unintentionally) very, very funny.
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