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March 18, 2006

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Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 12:44 pm

One wedding and a proposal.

Thisbeciel was good enough to upload more clips for us! This time there’s probably my favourite scene from the Westinghouse Studio One Summer Theater Jane Eyre from 1952, with Katherine Bard and Kevin McCarthy. This scene is the interrupted wedding. It’s pretty silly, as you will see. Especially Rochester’s reaction to Mason’s arrival. Bertha’s revelation, and Jane’s departure all follow swiftly from there. I commented on all of this before- Bertha’s revelation here is simply unnecessary and absurd.

The other clip is the proposal scene from the BBC’s 1973 Jane Eyre with Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston. There isn’t much to say, except that it follows the novel very closely, and that it is a pity the BBC did not film it in the gardens at Renishaw. The first part of the scene, not shown in the clip, was filmed at Renishaw- complete with ‘rustic seat’ around the tree and even a moth! As it is, this studio garden is not very convincing. The acting more than makes up for it.

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