Friday, May 8
NC Museum of Art
(1944) Directed by Robert Stevenson. Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Margaret O’Brien, Peggy Ann Garner, Elizabeth Taylor. 97 min.
One of the most romantic English-language novels is this moody Victorian Gothic by Charlotte Brontë about a mousy governess who falls for her employer, the mysterious Mr. Rochester. An innocent raised by bitter relatives and tortured in a brutal boarding school, Jane is innocent of society’s fripperies, which makes her irresistible to a man sated by them. Joan Fontaine specialized in playing wimpy heroines (her sister, Olivia de Havilland, playing the plucky ones), and Welles, in the doghouse after the vexing box office of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, dominates the screen with his mellifluous voice and movie-star magnetism.
NCMA Film Curator Laura Boyes will introduce the movie.
All films are screened in the Museum Auditorium on Fridays at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available through the Museum Box Office at (919) 715-5923 or on-line.
Admission: $5 general public; $3.50 students, Museum members, Cinema Inc., and Galaxy Cinema members
Spring Film Series Pass: 5 screenings for $17.50 general public; $12.50 students, Museum members, Cinema Inc., and Galaxy Cinema members