Posts Tagged: Jane Eyre

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(via Joan Fontaine (1917 - 2013) / The Dissolve)

If Joan Fontaine, who died today at the age of 96, had followed through on a plan to stop acting after RKO dropped her contract in 1939, she would have been remembered as a footnote, a promising young actress who never quite made it, watching as her sister, Olivia De Havilland, enjoyed the success she could never find. Instead, as Variety recounts in its obituary for Fontaine, she found herself talking to producer David O. Selznick about starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation of the bestseller Rebecca. She took the part, and the film became a huge success, earning Fontaine the first of three Oscar nominations. From there, her course was set. Fontaine reteamed with Hitchcock the following year for Suspicion, again playing a woman whose marriage has led her to live in fear. For that role, she won a Best Actress award, beating out De Havilland and confirming a rivalry that often played out in public.

At times, that rivalry has overshadowed her accomplishments, which are considerable. In her two films for Hitchcock, Fontaine kept the tension grounded in her characters’ mounting fear, while helping create the template for the Hitchcock heroine: cooly beautiful, put together, and imperiled. Fontaine would go on to play Jane Eyre opposite Orson Welles in Robert Stevenson’s 1943 adaptation of the Charlotte Brontë novel. That same year, she won another Oscar nomination for The Constant Nymph and her subsequent work included Frenchman’s Creek (like Rebecca an adaptation of a Daphne Du Maurier novel), Billy Wilder’s The Emperor Waltz, and Max Ophuls’ Letter From An Unknown Woman. The latter two were produced by Rampart, a company Fontaine founded with future Batman producer William Dozier, the second of her four husbands. Other notable film turns included 1952’s Ivanhoe and Ida Lupino’s The Bigamist.

I love her so much. I’m not saying I don’t love Olivia De Havilland; I’m just saying that I do love Joan Fontaine.

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londoninquisitor:

I loved what this movie did with light and shadow.

From my side blog (I need to catch up on the tags for the last week or so).

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karenhealey:

thetorontokid:

#your wife in the attic is a pretty big fault 

SERIOUSLY

… touché.
(Jane Eyre has been my favorite book since it settled into my psyche around age 13,* but emphasis on “Jane Eyre,” particularly “Jane standing up to for herself and being like I DESERVE LOVE, TAKE YOUR HEAD GAMES SOMEWHERE ELSE, and then being like WAIT HOLD UP I DESERVE LOVE BETTER THAN THIS, KEEP ALL YOUR EARTHLY GOODS, PEACE OUT.” I’m not gonna lie, Full Book Version Rochester is a really shitty guy, and movie versions have to work overtime to dial the racism and sexism (and classism, too) down as best they can. Like, if you haven’t read the book, you have noooooo idea. What I’m saying is, Jane Eyre is a master class in How to Like Problematic Things.)
(Yeah. If you’ve kept up with other things I’ve written about… age 13-14 apparently set the stage for the rest of my life.)
(If you would like to see Louisa May Alcott’s take on Jane Eyre—which I think I read was her favorite book also, and in terms of her “blood and thunder” stories under the A.M Barnard pen name, it shows—which involves a heroine who DOES marry the bigamist, who himself is a straight-up villain, try A Long Fatal Love Chase.) 

karenhealey:

thetorontokid:

#your wife in the attic is a pretty big fault 

SERIOUSLY

… touché.

(Jane Eyre has been my favorite book since it settled into my psyche around age 13,* but emphasis on “Jane Eyre,” particularly “Jane standing up to for herself and being like I DESERVE LOVE, TAKE YOUR HEAD GAMES SOMEWHERE ELSE, and then being like WAIT HOLD UP I DESERVE LOVE BETTER THAN THIS, KEEP ALL YOUR EARTHLY GOODS, PEACE OUT.” I’m not gonna lie, Full Book Version Rochester is a really shitty guy, and movie versions have to work overtime to dial the racism and sexism (and classism, too) down as best they can. Like, if you haven’t read the book, you have noooooo idea. What I’m saying is, Jane Eyre is a master class in How to Like Problematic Things.)

(Yeah. If you’ve kept up with other things I’ve written about… age 13-14 apparently set the stage for the rest of my life.)

(If you would like to see Louisa May Alcott’s take on Jane Eyre—which I think I read was her favorite book also, and in terms of her “blood and thunder” stories under the A.M Barnard pen name, it shows—which involves a heroine who DOES marry the bigamist, who himself is a straight-up villain, try A Long Fatal Love Chase.

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Texts From Jane Eyre | The Hairpin

JANE
MY LITTLE SUNBEAM
WHERE ARE YOU
I NEED YOU BY MY SIDE
I’m taking a walk
be back for dinner
AH YES MY CAGED SPRITE
COMMUNE WITH NATURE AND UPON YOUR RETURN
RELATE TO ME THE VAGRANT GLORIES OF THE  RUINED WOODS
do you really want me to describe my walk to you
MORE THAN ANYTHING YOU POCKET WITCH

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