Mar. 16th, 2011

grinning_soul: by me (Khnopff)
Fail: In the otherwise quite brilliant recent BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre, they shrinked from having Rochester disguise himself as a fortune teller but have him seated behind a curtain to observe what the old woman he has hired for the job finds out about the various house guests and Jane. Of course, this is something that is easier done in a novel - it could be absurd in a film if the actor is too easily recognisable. But in the novel, he basically hides behind his costume and you could do the scene in near darkness.
Excerpt: "[H]er hat-brim partially shaded her face, yet I could see, as she raised it, that it was a strange one. It looked all brown and black: elf-locks bristled out from beneath a white band which passed under her chin, and came half over her cheeks, or rather jaws: her eye confronted me at once, with a bold and direct gaze."
It's kind of the point that he enjoys 'analysing' all the women. Jane's response after the reveal: "I believe you have been trying to draw me out--or in; you have been talking nonsense to make me talk nonsense. It is scarcely fair, sir."

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