Christmas Lunch and Entertainment 2016 - The annual Brontë Group Christmas Lunch took place last Saturday, 3 December. Around 40 members turned up to enjoy a three-course meal, drinks and entertai...
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Jane Eyre, Superstar: From Brontë to FukunagaThrough Superman (and the young-woman-of-spirit-but-no-means-who-captures-and-tames-the-heart-of-a-wealthy-man), the 1934 version, the 1973 one, Karl Marx, theatre, comics and Jane Slayre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Jane Eyre on Deviantart, stamps and many things more!
Since Charlotte Brontë brought her heroine to life in 1847, everyone––filmmakers, artists, playwrights, cartoonists––have wanted to recreate her in their own imagination.
While not an overt ghost story, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, influenced by the haunted house tales of its own era, casts a shadow over a subsequent century of them. Throughout the novel, there is much talk of ghosts as when the housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax tells Jane about a part of the mysterious manse, “if there were a ghost at Thornfield Hall, this would be its haunt.” A modern revival of gothic storytelling has meant that some of today’s cinema is very much in keeping with the issues dramatized by Brontë within Thornfield Hall. But as technology has marched forward, new inflections have been placed on the haunted house. “I often say that haunted house novels are a near-universally overlooked form of architectural writing,” quipped speculative architecture critic Geoff Manaugh in an interview.Including Corrine May Botz’ Haunted Houses photography book where the author "[read] ghost stories by the female authors Edith Wharton, Charlotte Brontë, Ellen Glasgow and Toni Morrison.", Jack Clayton's The Innocents, adaptation of the Jane Eyre-inspired The Turn of The Screw by Henry James, The Shining from where Adriano Goldman, the director of photography took inspiration for Jane Eyre 2011 ("Thornfield put us in mind of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining") and Dario Argento's Suspiria from where the much-commented music from the trailer of this new film was taken.
In 2011, Imogen tackles both: This month she'll play socialite Blanche Ingram alongside Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in a big-screen adaptation of Jane Eyre, which "offers a new light on the gothic novel," she says. "Films should be relatable, and not many of the classics are made to be so." (Danielle Nussbaum)