With a new adaptation of “Jane Eyre” hitting the multiplexes across the pond and DVD shelves stateside, we dug into our archives to pull out this gem. Orson Welles’ adaptation of “Jane Eyre” from the Campbell Playhouse broadcast of March 31, 1940. And, if you think “Jane Eyre” is just some ancient bit of “chick-lit”. Think again. It may be that. But it’s also a major inspiration for Gothic horror. Don’t believe us? Click play:
In 1943, Orson Welles would star in a film adaptation of “Jane Eyre” opposite Joan Fontaine. And it’s a wonderful adaptation full of Gothic atmosphere. But, frankly, we prefer this version. Despite a running time of slihghtly less than an hour, it manages to delve more deeply into the dark recesses of the story.