Thursday, December 27, 2012

Amazing Coincidence

Keighley News tells about some of the events that will take place in Haworth next Saturday, December 29th:

A double wedding anniversary celebration will be staged at Haworth Parish Church this Saturday, December 29.
It will be exactly 200 years since the Rev Patrick Brontë, father of the famous sisters, married his wife Maria. He was vicar at Haworth from 1820 to 1861.
It will also be 39 years since the current priest-in-charge, the Rev Peter Mayo-Smith and his wife Eileen, were married.
To mark Patrick Brontë’s double centenary, the church bell ringers will carry out a two-and-three-quarter-hour full peal.
The bell ringers previously staged this demanding performance last year, as part of the celebrations for Prince William’s wedding.
Simon Burnett, the Haworth Church bell captain, said: “A full peal of bell involves 5,040 changes in various methods, and to complete it is a magnificent feat of concentration, because just one mistake invalidates the performance.”
Earlier in the day the bell ringers at Guiseley Parish Church will also be attempting a full peal to mark the Brontë wedding, as it was at their church that the original ceremony took place.
The Haworth peal is expected to start at 3pm.
Mr Mayo-Smith said: “It’s an amazing coincidence that I should be priest-in-charge at Haworth when the 200th anniversary of Patrick and Maria Brontë is celebrated, and even more remarkable that my wife Eileen and I should have three daughters too.
“It’ll be wonderful if our bell ringing team succeed in delivering the full peal and it will help make our anniversary an even more special and memorable day.”
Derbyshire Times presents the book A Peak District Anthology by Roly Smith:

Compiled and introduced by Peak District expert Roly Smith, it revives many forgotten descriptions of one of the finest, most varied and best-loved landscapes in the whole of Britain.
From William Camden to Daniel Defoe, Sir Gawain to Lord Byron, literary visitors have long been astonished by the sublime wonders of the Peak.
The coming of railways proved another great impetus for writers and tourists. Ruskin extolled the beauties of the Peak, while novelists Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot used closely observed Peakland settings for some of their most vivid narratives. Topographical writers including Edward Bradbury, Thomas Tudor and James Croston enthusiastically described the delights of the Derbyshire scenery to the ever-increasing stream of Victorian visitors.
The Oxford Mail interviews Chief Constable Sara Thornton about the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign:

Asked what her favourite book is, she said: “It has got to be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte which is the only book that I have read many times.
“I was always fascinated by the life of the Bronte sisters and how three girls who lived in a remote house on the edge of the moors could write with such feeling and insight.
“I have always been enchanted by the romance of the story and managed to overlook the fact that the hero, Mr Rochester, had locked his wife in the attic.” (Tom Jennings)


The Dallas Morning News talks about the Django films saga and the like after the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Talking about Django Kill (1967, Giulio Questi):
(Another of the gruesome sequences is alluded to in Cowboys & Aliens.) There are touches of Macbeth and Jane Eyre. A gang of ambiguously gay outlaws dresses alike in Fascist black. (Howery Pack)
The Student Newspaper reviews an Edinburgh performance of  Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera:
We are talking doomed, elemental, all-consuming love of the Heathcliff/Cathy variety: offering pure escapism into the macabre world of the Opéra Populaire of 19th century Paris. 
La Nouvelle République (France) announces the screening of Jane Eyre 2011 and Wuthering Heights 2011 at the Semaine du Cinéma Britanique in Blois (January 2013):
Par ailleurs, on appréciera deux adaptations récentes des grands romans des sœurs Brontë.
En effet, pour Les Hauts de Hurlevent, on en était resté à la version de 1939 de William Wyler, réunissant rien moins que Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon et David Niven. Quant à Jane Eyre, la mouture 1944 de Robert Stevenson n'était pas trop desservie non plus par son casting : Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, et une petite débutante nommée Elisabeth Taylor !
Et bien cette semaine britannique nous offrira deux versions dignes de leurs aînées et ne datant que de 2011. (Translation)
The Haber Turk (Turkey) reviewer begins by reviewing Anna Karenina 2012 and ends up talking about Wuthering Heights 2011:
Bu da bir anlamda “Uğultulu Tepeler”in (“Wuthering Heights”, 2011) stilize, açı simsarı, az diyaloglu ve öznel dünyasının tam ekranla ‘Andrea Arnold’ gözünden kavranışının, burada biçimci, nesnel, tiyatro estetiğini benimseyen ve sinemaskop formatında bir başka ‘sıkışmışlık’la farklı tabanlardan ‘postmodern 19. yüzyıl yasak aşkları’nı portrelediğini belirtelim. Bu sayede ‘kostümlü drama özlü tutku’ların üst üste böylesi radikal elbiseler giyebilmeleri sevindirici. Wright ile Arnold’un isimleri de bu konuda ‘kostümlü drama’ tarihinde özel bir yere not edilecek. Zira burada türün içinde yapılanlara ne kadar geçmişe gitsek de gerçek bir karşılık bulamıyoruz. (Kerem Akça) (Translation)
BlackBook features Wuthering Heights 2011 on its best-of-the-year-list; Les Soeurs Brontë (in French) posts about how Christmas could be celebrated at the Brontës's home; Bookish Whimsy reviews Emma Tennant's Adèle: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story; Stupid Stuff posts about Wide Sargasso Sea.

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