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This writer saw several films that verged on greatness at the Venice Film Festival this year, but none quite blew us away like Andrea Arnold‘s “Wuthering Heights.” We’d liked “Red Road,” and greatly admired “Fish Tank,” but her new film, an adaptation of Emily Brontë‘s literary classic, is really something special, a masterly reinvention of a great tale, with the year’s best lensing, courtesy of Robbie Ryan and a true command of cinema, taking on Terrence Malick at his own game and, against the thematically similar “Tree of Life” at least, winning. [...]Flicks and Bits, Hey U Guys, Up and Comers, Hollywood News, Punch Drunk Critics have also posted the trailer.
As you’ll see, it’s instantly recognizable as an Arnold film, with the same Academy ratio look as “Fish Tank,” and those expecting a staid period drama are likely to be surprised, even if the film’s real savagery is being kept under wraps—considering it makes Cary Fukunaga‘s “Jane Eyre” from earlier in the year look like “Sense & Sensibility,” its probably a smart marketing move.
We’re not sure this quite captures the real sweep of Arnold’s film, but it is only a teaser trailer, and it will inevitably look better on a big screen, or at least in HD. (Oliver Lyttelton)
It was also a very good fest for British directors -- not just McQueen but also Andrea Arnold, whose "Wuthering Heights" reps a bold departure from the classical tradition of literary adaptation. (Justin Chang)Another film festival where the film will be seen is the Zurich Film Festival (22 September - 2 October), as reported by Variety as well.
This film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's book Jane Eyre draws you into the solitary world of the young governess. With its striking set decoration and costumes, director Cary Fukunaga has crafted a worthy adaptation of the novel. (Esther McCarthy)And ScreenDaily shares the film's current figures:
Jane Eyre stands at $7.7m through Universal and $9.5m overall and has generated $4.4m in the UK after two weekends. (Jeremy Kay)The Times reviews the performances of We Are Three Sisters in Halifax:
For this Northern Broadsides touring production Blake Morrison has written a fantasia on a theme by Chekhov, rather as a composer will create a piece that draws on another composer’s music. In this case the theme is the famously frustrated existence of Olga, Masha and Irina Prozorov, sisters exiled from culture and excitement in a remote provincial town. What Morrison cunningly does is to blend their experience with that of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, tied by their spinsterhood to the parsonage of the remote Yorkshire village of Haworth. The parallels between the two threesomes are striking — and it seems that Chekhov read a biography of the Brontës before writing his play. Both sets of sisters have a ne’er-do-well brother who gambles and is besotted with a socially ambitious woman. The personalities of the individual sisters also curiously resemble their foreign counterparts, with Charlotte a kind of quasi-mother, Emily brooding on her private thoughts, Anne sweetly naïve. Obviously the Haworth reality has to be wrenched to fit the Chekhov, and sometimes the strain is glaring. (...) Marc Parry’s lovesick curate is as dashing in his darting approaches as in his contrived charm. Catherine Kinsella, Sophia di Martino and Rebecca Hutchinson convey a powerful sense of sisterhood, with Di Martino outstanding as an Emily whose precise intensity almost persuades me to take a look at Wuthering Heights. (Jeremy Kingston)The Independent discusses the works of artist John Martin and mentions the Brontës' passion for him:
His popular image was less as an artist and more as a visionary whose work could be found on the walls of European royalty, Russian emperors and even the Brontë parsonage. (Arifa Akbar)A Younger Theatre takes a brief look at British literature apart from Shakespeare:
With the likes of Pinter and Stoppard, Dickens and Hardy, the Brontës and the Romantics, and not least those of the Golden Age of British theatre, Middleton, Jonson and Webster, we are endowed with one of the richest dramatic and literary traditions in the world. (Jude Evans)While The Hindu highlights one of the best things about the classics:
You can read a classic like ‘Wuthering Heights' for example at the age of 12 and 21, and enjoy it equally both times, even though you will probably interpret it completely differently when you're older.The Brontë Sisters posts about Elizabeth Gaskell's September 1853 visit to the Parsonage.
That's the thing with classics. They've stood the test of time for a reason — they're layered, they're clever, they're open to interpretation. If you do them right you can't go wrong. (Shonali Muthalaly)
Chesterfield County Public LibraryOne-Bit World reviews Wuthering Heights 2011 and Brig Newspaper reviews Jane Eyre 2011. One of The Daily Muse's recommended reads for this week is Jane Eyre. Between the Pages discuses The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Harry's Desk posts about Wuthering Heights.
Book discussion group, 7-8 p.m., Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Road, Richmond. “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys will be discussed. 320-2461,