Dir. Franco Zeffirelli, 1996, 112min, 35mm
With Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Hurt, Anna Paquin, Geraldine Chaplin
In English with French subtitles
Franco Zeffirelli’s triumphant adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s beloved masterpiece beguiles with its visual elegance without sacrificing the novel’s emotional rawness. Of the countless screen versions of Jane Eyre, this one is faithful to its roots in Gothic Romance: as depicted by Zeffirelli, a master stylist. Though Jane inhabits a shadowy, cold world, her passion is indestructible.
In the role of the lovelorn governess Jane Eyre, a young Charlotte Gainsbourg refined her trademark mix of deceptive fragility and fierce intelligence, delivering one of her finest performances opposite a brooding William Hurt in the role of Mr. Rochester.