Jane Eyre, directed by Robert Stevenson, is one of those films...
rather like The Third Man...
that one could watch without viewing the main titles, and just know. Just absolutely know, that it was directed by Orson Welles.
The lighting, the camerawork, the angles. It's all there. It was photographed by George Barnes (look him up.) Bernard Herrmann had something to do with the score.
Of course, Mr. Welles does have an actual role in the film. He plays Mr. Rochester. No, please don't confuse this with Mr. Benny's helper.
Everything is in place in this gothic production. The acting is absolutely perfect, led by a few interesting children in the early scenes -- Margaret O'Brien, a magnificent Peggy Ann Garner, and a newcomer, strangely uncredited whose name was Taylor.
Henry Daniell is up to his nefarious best. Agnes Moorehead, appearing as if she'd just come off the set of Ambersons, leaning against that hot boiler. Sara Allgood, who'd been in films since 1918.
Here's the kicker.
You'll see warnings that original materials don't survive, and the Blu-ray is as good as it can be.
Don't heed them.
The gang at Fox has taken what they have and made something very special out of it.
Buy this Blu-ray and be ready for a Wellesian ride.
What an interesting month for Twilight Time!
Image - 3.5
Audio - 4