Les Trésors du cinéma : Alfred Hitchcock - La Tavèrne de la Jamaïque (Jamaica Inn)
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Réalisé en 1939, La Taverne de la Jamaïque (Jamaica Inn) est le dernier film tourné par Alfred Hitchcock en Angleterre. Royaume-Uni, 1819. La jeune Irlandaise Mary Yellen, restée soudainement orpheline, part pour la Cornouaille afin d'y rejoindre sa tante Patience. Cette dernière est mariée à Joss, un homme brutal et violent, propriétaire de la Taverne de la Jamaïque. Le lieu, que tout le monde sait être malfamé, abrite une bande de malfaiteurs, commandée par Joss et dont l activité principale consiste à attirer les navires de passage pendant les tempêtes, afin de tuer l'équipage et prendre possession du butin. Arrivée dans cet étrange village isolé et sinistre, Mary se réfugie chez le juge de paix local, Sir Humphrey Pengallan. Ce dernier met en garde la jeune femme au sujet de la Taverne de la Jamaïque, mais face à son insistance, il finit pour l accompagner chez sa tante Patience. Il suffit de quelques heures passées à la Taverne pour que la nouvelle venue se rende compte de la nature de ce lieu et de ces hôtes à l'air étrange. Exposée à la brutalité des criminels, lesquels découvrent que la jeune femme complote contre eux, Mary sera vite obligée de s'enfuir...
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This beautiful, but somewhat simplified, adaptation of Daphne Du Marier's novel received a very mixed welcome by critics and fans alike. Many fans will still love this version. Though it loses some of the important symbolism and ritual, it strives for a slightly less melodramatic style and natural feel. Whether fans appreciate this work may depend on what elements you can sacrifice, for the elements that are gained. With the compressed run time (still 3 hours), Du Marier's skillful suspense can be slightly lessened while the film itself can be more visually stimulating in it's colors of the moors and the more earthy feel of the story. Strictly judged as an independent period drama from the novel, it is obviously a darker topic with a wilder beauty of the moors. It is not a drawing room drama and I really enjoyed the earthy tone of this tale that explores a different side of life than many of the other period films I love and own.
THE PLOT (no spoilers): The year is 1821 - one year different than the novel. 20 year old Mary Yallen (Jessica Brown Findlay, Downton Abbey) travels to the austere coast of Cornwall after the death of her mother. The only family she has left is an aunt who is the wife of the innkeeper at a lonely place in the middle of Bodmin moor (locations are mostly real though the characters are fictitious). Fellow travelers are surprised she is headed to the way station many miles from the other hamlets of the parish. When she arrives late at night, she is surprised to find a much changed woman in the form of her aunt Patience (Joanne Whalley, Willow). The formerly happy young bride is now a bedraggled and defeated woman. Her husband and innkeeper Joss Merlyn (Sean Harris) is an imposing man who is angry in nature, ruined by drink, and haunted by nightmares. Nevertheless, the locals seem to either respect or fear him. Mary quickly deduces that Joss is orchestrating smuggling activity in the region. This puts her in great conflict because her own father was killed at the hands of smugglers when she was just a child. Mary also has a feisty nature and a strong will. Instead of this placing her in greater danger, it becomes her saving grace. She is contrasted with her submissive aunt, but her show of force gains the respect and even protection of the wolves around her. As time passes, she is torn by her need to avoid trouble for her aunt, and to expose those who do the things she despises. All the time, she is pulled further and further into their world. Darker revelations await her as she seeks answers and a way out. Her situation is further complicated with the introduction of the innkeeper's brother Jem, who seems no better of character, but is at odds with his brother Joss.
OTHER THOUGHTS AND COMPARISON TO THE NOVEL: (Still no spoilers for those who haven't read the book) Where the novel has room to develop more suspense and mystery, the movie gives us austere but beautiful imagery and sounds. The book describes a moor of hills black with heath, granite tors, and occasional rays of sun during the misty fall and winter. The movie gives us an evocative image of green grass against the ruddy heath, envelopes of fog and greyish granite stone formations. The book visuals can be more bleak (to the gothic image), while the austerity in the movie can be surprisingly gorgeous. Key scenes from the book are either removed or condensed to help the movie progress, but change the feel of ritual and symbolism that are an important device and explanation of motive. That certain pagan symbology is still there, but more clumsily inserted. For literary purists, you may really dislike the changes. For those able to enjoy it more as atmospheric period drama with some mystery, you may appreciate it more. The feeling is more earthy, less melodramatic in some ways. That may appeal to modern audiences. There was also some complaint that the actors spoke too softly and the regional accents were hard to understand (and that was from British audiences). Americans may have even more trouble with hearing the dialog. I didn't think they "mumbled" at all. The regional accents of less educated characters were a challenge, but I felt I understood almost everything. It was more the sound mixing against a word here or phrase there muffled by sweeping noises or the relentless wind outside. There are secrets being passed and moments where the dialogue is supposed to be quiet. If worse comes to worse, you can use the subtitles. Joss is also not the giant of a man (nearly 7 ft tall) that he is in the book. However, Sean Harris portrays a character every bit as imposing. Go into it knowing what to expect (or skip it if you know you won't like the changes). Chances are you will like it. I enjoyed it as a completely separate work from Du Marier despite its generally faithful structure.
in my opinion but I definitely enjoyed it! I've seen the guy who plays joss merlyn (Sean Harris) and Jessica brown Findlay (Mary yellan) in alot of stuff they are both really good actors.
Maureen O'Hara is lovely and she screams well, but she's a little too drippy for my taste in this film.
More excellent comedic-villian acting is provided by the minor members of the shore-dwelling wreaking-gang, and their leader, played by Leslie Banks, is terrifying. This movie makes me suspect that the young Robert Newton, who plays a soft-spoken good-guy, may have learned from Banks the ferocious glare and menacing body-language he was later to use so effectively playing murderers like Bill Sikes (OLIVER TWIST) and Long John Silver (TREASURE ISLAND).