How many screen versions of Jane Eyre have been made and did we really need another one? Check out the list below.
Motion picture versions (1910–1926)
Several silent film adaptations entitled Jane Eyre were released; one in 1910, two in 1914, plus:
* 1915: Jane Eyre starring Louise Vale.
* 1915: A version was released called The Castle of Thornfield.
* 1918: A version was released called Woman and Wife, directed by Edward José, adapted by Paul West, starring Alice Brady as Jane.
* 1921: Jane Eyre starring Mabel Ballin and directed by Hugo Ballin.
* 1926: A youth version was made in Germany called Orphan of Lowood.
Motion picture versions (1934–2011)
* 1934: Jane Eyre, starring Colin Clive and Virginia Bruce.
* 1943: I Walked with a Zombie is a horror movie loosely based upon Jane Eyre.
* 1944: Jane Eyre, with a screenplay by John Houseman and Aldous Huxley. It features Orson Welles as Mr. Rochester, Joan Fontaine as Jane, Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Reed, Margaret O’Brien as Adele and Elizabeth Taylor as Helen Burns.
Joan Fontaine had earlier starred in Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based upon the novel of the same name which was influenced by Jane Eyre.
* 1952: Sangdil, a Hindi version, also known as Jane Eyre starring Madhubala.
* 1956: A version was made in Hong Kong called The Orphan Girl.
* 1963: A version was released in Mexico called El Secreto (English: “The Secret”)
* 1970: Jane Eyre, starring George C. Scott as Mr. Rochester and Susannah York as Jane. (Released in theatres in Europe but television in the United States. Also listed below.)
* 1972: An Indian adaptation in Telugu, Shanti Nilayam, directed by C. Vaikuntarama Sastry, starring Anjali Devi.
* 1978: A version was released in Mexico called Ardiente Secreto (English: “Ardent Secret”).
* 1996: Jane Eyre, directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring William Hurt as Mr. Rochester, Charlotte Gainsbourg as Jane, Elle Macpherson as Blanche Ingram, Joan Plowright as Mrs. Fairfax, Anna Paquin as the young Jane, Fiona Shaw as Mrs. Reed and Geraldine Chaplin as Miss Scatcherd.
* 2011: Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre and Michael Fassbender as Rochester.
* 1952: This was a live television production presented by “Westinghouse Studio One (Summer Theatre)”.
* Adaptations appeared on British and American television in 1956 and 1961.
* 1963: Jane Eyre. It was produced by the BBC and starred Richard Leech as Mr. Rochester and Ann Bell as Jane.
* 1970: Jane Eyre, starring George C. Scott as Mr. Rochester and Susannah York as Jane. (Released in theatres in Europe but television in the United States. Also listed above.)
* 1972: Jana Eyrová. It was produced by Czechoslovak television and starred Marta Vančurová as Jane, Jan Kačer as Mr. Rochester.
* 1973: Jane Eyre. It was produced by the BBC and starred Sorcha Cusack as Jane, Michael Jayston as Mr. Rochester, Juliet Waley as the child Jane, and Tina Heath as Helen Burns.
* 1978: Telenovela El Ardiente Secreto (English The impassioned secret) was an adaptation of this novel.
* 1982: BBC Classics Presents: Jane Eyrehead. A parody movie by SCTV starred Andrea Martin as Jane Eyrehead, Joe Flaherty as Mr. Rochester, also starting John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Martin Short in supporting roles.
* 1983: Jane Eyre. It was produced by the BBC and starred Zelah Clarke as Jane, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Rochester, Sian Pattenden as the child Jane, and Colette Barker as Helen Burns.
* 1997: Jane Eyre. It was produced by the A&E Network and starred Ciarán Hinds as Mr. Rochester and Samantha Morton as Jane.
* 2006: Jane Eyre. It was produced by the BBC and starred Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester, Ruth Wilson as Jane, and Georgie Henley as Young Jane.
Thanks, Sue — had no idea I Walked With a Zombie was an adaptation of Jane Eyre!
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