Franco Zeffirelli doesn't have any new ideas about Jane Eyre
, but since new ideas about classics often lead to the likes of Demi Moore in THE SCARLET LETTER, that's probably for the best. At any rate, Zeffirelli seems far more inspired by chandeliers and floral arrangements
than Charlotte Bronte's prickly, gloomy novel. The assets: Charlotte Gainsbourg (the French-speaking daughter of '60s icon Jane Birkin) is a resilient, watchful Jane; Joan Plowright is a sweetly maternal housekeeper; and '70s sexpot Maria Schneider, of LAST TANGO IN PARIS fame, is an intriguing
choice for mad Mrs. Rochester. But William Hurt is a vexatiously self-pitying Rochester -- his ...