The Latest on JE 1973
The director of programing has sent word via Thisbeciel that the US release for the DVD of the BBC’s 1973 Jane Eyre with Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston will indeed be June 2006. However, UK fans will also have to wait until June- instead of May.
I can only hope that this means we’ll be getting some extras 😉 Probably not, but I’ll hope for them anyway. Obviously some parts which did not air in America will be on the DVD, and that’s something to look forward to, considering that this includes all of Jane Eyre up to the point when Jane leaves Lowood (episode One in the American broadcast begins with Jane’s voiceover: ‘Hitherto I have narrated…’ which was a natural point to chop off nearly an hour of footage).
The Canadian broadcast was more complete although I maintain that some pieces were cut… I’m an artist, and have a good eye for changes. It seems that the individual frames where sliced out of the American broadcast, as well as little bits of dialogue.
The most obvious instance of this editing is the Hay Lane scene. In the Canadian broadcast there is a part in the middle which had been cut for American television. When Jane approaches Mr Rochester (just before the commercial break), he looks up at her and says: “Who the deuce sent you?” (this version follows the novel very closely, but this addition brings it to precisely one more ‘the deuce?’ than the novel). There are also several seconds more footage showing the results of the accident.
I’m convinced that something was cut from the scene of the day after the proposal. In both versions the dialogue is:
Jane: …I have observed in books written by men that period assigned as the furthest to which any husband’s ardour extends.
Rochester: Humph! Distasteful! And like you again!
The words are directly out of the novel but there’s something missing- Rochester’s lines don’t make sense without Jane’s musing that she hopes she will never be distasteful to him and that he may learn to like her- not love her- after the passion wears off (it is not particularly ‘like her’ to say these things).