jane eyre, the movie. and this silly limited release.


Jane (Mia Wasikowska) and Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender)

I am, quite frankly, aghast that the movie Jane Eyre is only on limited release – 300 theatres nationwide, or something ridiculous like that. I never was much a fan of Jane Austen. I read her entire library in middle school, because that’s what you do when you’re a teenage girl obsessed with all things British. But I never rated her (Colin Firth notwithstanding). Not the way I did the Bronte girls. I thought Anne a better writer than Emily, even though I had a teenage crush on Wuthering Heights. But it was Jane Eyre that I fell so passionately in love with. Flynn and I saw the film separately over the weekend and we both agree, it’s wondrous. The novel itself is just under 400 pages, so it’s probably no surprise that a moment or two in the film seemed rushed. But these bits were brief because the actors were so compelling and believable in their passion and reserve. Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska are perfect as Rochester and Jane. Throw in Jamie Bell and Dame Judi Dench and …. you get a limited release.

Makes absolutely no sense.

If you can find a cinema showing it, you really need to get out and watch it. If you can’t, then beg for it. In the meantime, some Bronte inspired photos for your viewing pleasure.

West Yorkshire Countryside

West Yorkshire Countryside

Charlotte Bronte’s Manchester lodgings, where she began writing Jane Eyre.

The new 2005 sign reads: In 1846 the Reverend Patrick Bronte came to Manchester for cataract surgery accompanied by his daughter Charlotte. They took lodgings at 59 Boundary Street West (formerly known as 83 Mount Pleasant). It was here that Charlotte began to write her first successful novel, Jane Eyre.

The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire

The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire

The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire

The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire

Path leading from the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, to the Church of Saint Michael and All Angels

Clergy Daughter’s School attended by the Bronte sisters.

Clergy Daughter’s School attended by the Bronte sisters.

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6 Comments

  • michael
    May 2, 2011 at 12:23

    Well, that’s a coincidence checking your blog and suddenly reading this, as just yesterday my partner and I went to out to Hathersage in the Hope valley (30 mins from Manchester) as she wanted to climb some rocks there at Stannage Edge and about a mile down the footpath to them we rather serendipiously came across a large, lovely Elizabeth Tower house called North Lees which it said on the plaque outside was the home of the Eyre family and was used by Charlotte Bronte as the basis for Thornfield Hall. That explains why there were potraits of Charlotte in the local pub we called into before setting off! I had no idea this was here even though I’ve walked round the Hope valley many times. Nearby is also a cottage were Charlotte stayed, which I also didn’t know about. (It was marked as ‘Bronte Cottage’ on the map, which should have been a clue really.) There’s quite a lot going on in the tiny village of Hathersage on the quiet as we also passed through the local church and discovered Little John of Robin Hood fame, is buried there! Here’s a link about the hall: http://eyres.home.texas.net/NorthLees/NorthLees.htm It can be rented out as a holiday accommodation, apparently.

  • Buffy
    May 2, 2011 at 14:52

    Michael, I think I’m going to have to blog your comment. Right after I send the Lees link to all my girlfriends and beg them to go with me on a writerly retreat. Thanks bunches for posting this.

  • Buffy
    May 2, 2011 at 14:55

    Also, Michael, did you take any photos yourself?

  • michael
    May 2, 2011 at 23:19

    I’m glad the comment proved helpful! My girlfriend took a couple of pics on her mobile phone but not sure how they came out as yet. I did mean to take a camera that day but forget whilst dashing out to catch the train. (Typical.) There was scaffolding on the chimney part when we saw it, so it probably wasn’t looking it’s best. But when my GF sorts out her photos I will email or link to them here for you.

  • Buffy
    May 5, 2011 at 16:41

    Thank you bunches, Michael.

  • Danell
    Jul 7, 2011 at 12:23

    Jane Eyre is one of my very favorite novels – there’s something magical about it. It was because of this, that I was deeply depressed to find out that my town was not special enough to be a part of the “limited release.” I’m very happy to hear that the wonderfulness that is the novel was not butchered in the new film adaptation. I’m even more excited to get my hands on the movie!

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