Reader, You Must Watch These: Jane Eyre 2011 Deleted Scenes

Badminton and The Story of Adele (hand-to-hand action)


One of Those Period Drama Eye Contact Scenes


Bertha and Pre-Wedding Jitters


Rochester Pleads With Jane Who Alights From Her Window, Horse Pursuit and “JANE” Bellowing Ensues

I wish these scenes were kept in the final film, especially the badminton scene. The development of the romance between Jane and Rochester seemed rushed so the proposal felt artificial. I’m on the fence as to the chemistry between Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. Perhaps because she is very young, and, visually, this is off-putting (in the book she is 18).

I need to see it again. It was a beautifully-shot film, very reminiscent of Jane Campion.

John Keats and Fanny Brawne: “Bright Star” Finds Its Path

where are the words to name our love

where are the words to name our love

Just when one starts to lament the lack of English period pieces apart from Masterpiece Classic—there is news of director Jane Campion’s latest film, which chronicles the relationship between John Keats and Fanny Brawne. A U.S. distributor has picked up the film, which is currently competing at Cannes and stars Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. The film’s title is taken from a poem written by Keats after becoming engaged to Brawne.

Bright Star

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art–
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors–
No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever–or else swoon to death.