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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this film!, April 20, 2001
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Yes, this movie is perfect. I have seen this film more than a few times and it never ceases to amaze me and it leaves me with a sense of complete joy when the viewing is over. Infact I have been found to rewind it right after i just got through watching it. The flick start with Jane Eye as a child who has to endure a torturous aunt and is forced to leave to a cruel and harsh boarding school wher she witnessess her classmates death. As the years past she matures into a demure lady who seeks employment out side of the school as a governess and is hired by Mr. Rodchester (Welles). Welles plays Rodchester in such an all out full on bravado that you never question while Fontaine as Eyre falls in love with him! As she setteles into the house as governess she learns that things are not as they seem! The shadows in the house seem to be alive! One night Eyre is awakend by the stir of footsteps and she soon finds Mr. Rodchester's bed ablaze! After the fire is out, one of the most romantic moments in film history takes place! It's not a kisss nor a hug not even a longing look - it's a HANDSHAKE! The embrace of Welles' massive hand over Fontaine's is purely entrancing! The brooding, sinister, darkly, tall and handsome Welles is matched by Fontaine's porcelin beauty! The glances and facial expressions they give each other through key scenes of dialogue will leave you weeping for days! But the film has a level of tension and suspense that is not overshadowed by the romance. The thrill of the house's secret resident and Welles' steps to keep it and his pain staking steps to take solice in his private pain is just a rush and keeps you biting your nails to the climax! An amazing film with such heart and nereve that it deserves to be in everyones collection! The atmospheric fog and tales of lust, jealously, intrigue and pure emotions are breathtaking!
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2014 6:59:17 AM PDT
Kathy says:
I totally agree that the handshake was rivoting! I've seen so many versions of Jane Eyre, but so far this one with Welles and Fontaine has no equal. That said, I'm waiting to receive the version with Timothy Dalton (not a big fan of his, but he's easy on the eyes). Zelah Clarke is not, IMO, very pretty from the pictures I've seen on the Internet, but I'm hoping there'll be at least *some* chemistry between those two. I absolutely do not agree with some of the opinions that Ciaran Hinds is the best Rochester. Ewwww!!!! Off topic here: "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell is up there for me for the story, actors' abilities, and chemistry of a good drama/romance. (A*...I think you'd like it!)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2014 1:03:25 PM PDT
A* says:
Dear Kathy,

Thank you for the recommendation! I had no idea that the lovely Armitage was in a BBC produced version of Gaskell's "North and South." I ordered it immediately. Again, I can not thank you enough. Also, I agree with you on Timothy Dalton. I sat through "Beauty and the Beautician" in the theatre for that man.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2014 3:23:36 PM PDT
Kathy says:
I know! I never knew anything about Armitage until I saw him in North & South. I really think you'll like it! Most people think of the North & South version with Patrick Swayze. This definitely isn't it. BTW, I'm watching Jane Eyre with Dalton right now. (smile) (And I have "The Beautician and the Beast"!)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 10:26:47 AM PDT
A* says:
I bit the bullet and put "North and South" on order. I am really looking forward to it. It'll be a great weekend treat ... oh, how I wish for a bit of rain to go along with it. And, ugh, did I ever butcher the name to Dalton and Drescher's movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2014 11:29:38 AM PDT
Kathy says:
LOL!!! I knew what movie you were talking about, so all is good. BTW, finished Jane Eyre with Timothy Dalton. It definitely wasn't bad at all. Having not read the book, I appreciated it's length (quite long) because there was more information given (extra tidbits, so to speak) than was in any of the movie versions I've seen. Still gotta give props, though, to the original....still my favorite! Rain, you say? Well, we've gotten our share of it here in Northern Alabama. Well, I hope you thoroughly enjoy North and South...I think you will.
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