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maxrandb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 01:35 PM
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Let's push Jane Eyre ahead of Atlas Shrugged
Charlotte Bronte's epic story of Jane Eyre is just one spot behind the "Wingnut Utopian" Atlas Shrugged. Here's just a little about Jane Eyre from Wikipedia:

Social class: Jane's ambiguous social position a penniless yet moderately educated orphan from a good family leads her to criticize discrimination based on class. Although she is educated, well-mannered, and relatively sophisticated, she is still a governess, a paid servant of low social standing, and therefore powerless. Nevertheless, Bront possesses certain class prejudices herself, as is made clear when Jane has to remind herself that her unsophisticated village pupils at Morton "are of flesh and blood as good as the scions of gentlest genealogy."

Gender relations: A particularly important theme in the novel is the depiction of a patriarchal society. Jane attempts to assert her own identity within male-dominated society. Three of the main male characters, Mr. Brocklehurst, Mr. Rochester and St. John, try to keep Jane in a subordinate position and prevent her from expressing her own thoughts and feelings. Jane escapes Mr. Brocklehurst and rejects St. John, and she only marries Mr. Rochester once she is sure that their marriage is one between equals. Through Jane, Bront opposes Victorian stereotypes about women, articulating her own feminist philosophy:

Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. (Chapter XII)

Now, here is the current standings on Box Office Mojo: /

18 14 Atlas Shrugged: Part I RM $879,000 -47.9% 465 +166 $1,890 $3,094,000 $20 2
19 16 Jane Eyre (2011) Focus $782,000 -21.3% 319 +45 $2,451 $7,913,000 - 7

As you can see, Jane Eyre is just one spot behind "Atlas Farted" in per weekend gross , despite the fact that it's been out for 7 weeks, compared to 2 for AS.

I'm finding where Jane Eyre is showing in my area, and will do my best, but wouldn't it be poetic justice to see Jane crush Atlas under the heel of her "smart and fashionable" boot?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 01:55 PM
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1. Are there titties in it? n/t
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:01 PM
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2. Bwahahaha!
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maxrandb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:15 PM
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3. Only Ayn Rand's
and that is a scary site. Girl looks like Lurch from The Addams Family in a dress!
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 02:51 PM
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4. I'm on it, Chief. nt
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lifesbeautifulmagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:25 PM
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5. I actually saw Jane Eyre a couple of weeks ago
and this is a pretty good version. Actually, the first third of the film is stellar. I was sitting in the theater in absolute joy that someone finally "got it" on how this or any gothic romance should be filmed.

The film has a subtle change in the last half becoming more like every version ever filmed, that is to say, better than just about any movie out there currently, but something we have seen before.

I hope future directors take note of the first third of this movie, because that is how you put the Bronte sisters to film. IMHO, only, of course.
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