Sunday night I finished the viewing of Masterpiece Theater's Jane Eyre, a two part series in four hours. This is about the twentieth time it has been filmed. I read this, I think twice, as a girl, and a young woman. I must admit much of it, except the romance, was lost on me. The authoress constantly told me how homely Jane was, but how brave. Little did I know this was a feminist novel. I did not know what feminism was. Had feminism been invented? I thought, why did a nice,brave, plain girl like her, want a heel like him, even if he was good looking, and she was poor. But I remember racing through the book to then next love scene. How was I to know that this included Post Colonialism?
Anyway I watched this Jane Eyre. I was delighted. Jane, played by Ruth Wilson, was much prettier that the Jane of the book. Toby Stevens played Mr. Rochester sufficiently handsome. This story is much faster paced than Jane Austin's books. This is apparently a well executed transition from book to movie. There is a lot of walking on the beautiful Moor, and a lot of running through the halls of the Gothic castle. While there is a steamy scene with with clothes on, most of the romance is eloquently written quips. My God, how refreshing! This could have been inspsiration for the great lines of Spencer and Tracy.
Over the years several attempts have been made at telling the story from the hidden, deranged wife's side. And I did think while watching this drama, what would they have done in the 19th century with a really mad relative.
In any case, the program is over, but no doubt will return on Masterpiece Theater. Keep your eyes open. Also think about renting an older version of this classic tale.