Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thursday, November 28, 2019 11:12 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
The National features Mary Beard on the podcast Books of My Life. You can listen to her speaking about Jane Eyre about 9 minutes into it.

Sardines Magazine reviews a recent performance of BlackEyed Theatre's Jane Eyre, giving it 4 stars.
One of the most compelling, intelligent adaptations of Jane Eyre I’ve ever seen, Nick Lane’s five-hander version for the ever reliable Blackeyed Theatre stays remarkably true to Charlotte Brontë’s iconic novel. It retains the essence of the radical feminist philosophy which underpins the novel but which is often sidelined by sentimentalist adaptors. Yes, of course the plot is simplified by leaving out or conflating minor characters but it cuts adeptly and smoothly to the chase.
I liked the way Lane has used a certain amount of narration to audience by Kelsey Short as Jane to connote the novel’s autobiographical format. And the sensitive integration of very accomplished actor musicianship with atmospheric folksy Yorkshire song, drawing room numbers and a lot more (music by George Jennings) works nicely. The sinister col legno cello to suggest the creepy, gothic invasion of Jane’s bedroom is an exceptionally good moment.
All five cast members are strong with Camilla Simson’s versatility as a homely Mrs Fairfax, disdainful Mrs Ingram and gibbering pitiful Bertha (among other roles) being a striking showcase of acting talent.
Short’s Jane has delightful resolute control, tempered with passion. Her silences are as good as anything she says too because this Jane thinks visibly. It’s a near perfect interpretation.
Ben Warwick is suitably gruff but ultimately warmly attractive as Rochester. He ensures that the audience feels huge compassion for this man as his predicament unrolls and he loses, or nearly loses, everything.
Eleanor Toms as Blanche, Adèle, Mary Rivers and Oliver Hamilton (excellent violin playing) as St John, Richard Mason and John Reed both convince completely each time they switch persona.
This elegant, rather beautiful production is another triumph for Blackeyed Theatre and a real tribute to director Adrian McDougal. What a pity, therefore that it clearly hadn’t been well publicised in Luton. I was one of an audience of just 18 people at the matinee I attended. (Susan Elkin)
A contributor to The Christian Science Monitor discusses comic books.
Comics introduced me to word play, jokes, and the rules of trading (the neighborhood was replete with comics), not to mention the rich, imaginative worlds of true literature found in the “Classics Illustrated” comics series. “Jane Eyre” was a book, too? And “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”? (Sue Wunder)
BuzzFeed has selected '55 Of The Cutest, Saddest, And Most Romantic Movies Of The Decade'. One of them is recommended to fans of Jane Eyre.
35. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Fox Searchlight Pictures
"A stunningly beautiful period movie shot in the English countryside. Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts have incredible chemistry, especially in their stolen glances (since they can’t be together for most of the movie). I was disappointed it never gained momentum during awards season. I recommend it to anyone who likes Pride and Prejudice/Jane Eyre type movies. (ladyinredpen)
iCrewPlay (Italy) reviews the book Questo libro ti farà dormire (which translates as "this book will send you to sleep").
All’interno possiamo infatti trovare l’entusiasmante biografia del carciofo, la dettagliata analisi dell’economia dell’Unione Sovietica durante la Guerra Fredda, un’esaustiva presentazione del sistema postale indonesiano e persino le condizioni meteorologiche all’interno del romanzo Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë! Curiosità interessantissime e di grande utilità… per conciliarti il sonno, come puoi ben constatare. Dopo averne provata una, sicuramente non saprai più vivere senza! (Alessia Baraldi) (Translation)
William Smith Williams posts about Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright. Jane Eyre's Library (in Spanish) writes about what Charlotte Brontë read.

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