Jane Eyre (2006) short review

Yet another BBC adaptation of the classic novel, with Ruth Wilson as Jane and Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester. There were many things I liked about this production — it was appropriately spooky, Wilson really inhabited the character of Jane, it’s longer than my current favorite (the Samantha Morton version), and the costuming was very well done (although they mixed the eras — Jane was wearing later period styles than Blanche and co.). However, Stephens got on my nerves a bit, and there was something off in the chemistry between him and Wilson — when she had her big emotional scene (when she thought he was going to marry Blanche), I just kept thinking, “I don’t believe she would act this way in front of her employer!” So the Morton version is still my favorite — but this is very well done, so I recommend it.

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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