Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Owing the Brontës an apology

Slate's The Movie Club offers an interesting opinion of Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights in a review of other more recent films:

Or Andrea Arnold’s disarmingly raw, lyrical take on Wuthering Heights, which takes remarkable liberties with Emily Brontë’s novel while creating an interpretation that’s true to its dark heart? (Keith Phipps)
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In the meantime the Seattle Times features the exhibition Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies which includes this picture:
The Music Box Theatre on Fifth Avenue, torn down in the 1980s, during the premiere of “Wuthering Heights” in 1939. (Michael Upchurch)
More on cinema, as Box Office Prophets looks back on the on-screen Twilight series reaching its end:
The Twilight Moms described the sweeping love triangle between a werewolf, a vampire and a high school student as a modern take on Wuthering Heights. I maintain that simply by typing these words, a person owes each and every Brontë sister an apology. Also, from a literary perspective, either Jacob or Edward would have to be an antagonist for the premise to hold. But I digress. (David Mumpower)
Moving on to TV, a couple of newspapers mention the Brontë night on Emmerdale, part of the episode to be broadcast on January 10th. From The Northern Echo:
At last a spot of literary culture in Emmerdale (ITV1) where mucking out stables and dodging cowpats are the usual leisure activities.
The instigators of this look at books are Bob Hope (no, not that one) and Dan Spencer. Both are lady-less. Five times married Bob’s wife, Viv, perished in a fire; Dan’s wife, Chas, left him at the wedding reception.
They hit on a plan to charm the ladies – a Brontë night. Bob reckons women will fall into their arms after reading Wuthering Heights. He should know, after all his twins are called Cathy and Heathcliff, although their romance didn’t exactly go according to plan. I reckon he’d have more luck if he organised a Fifty Shades Of Grey party. That would be a real eye-opener for everyone involved.
Back in Brontë-land, Dan also misunderstands the dress code. He thinks he needs to put on a costume and turn himself into a Brontë character, so he turns up kitted out as romantic Heathcliff. Bob is amused because he reckons this will give him a better chance to strike lucky with the lay-dees. He’s wrong. There’s something about a man in a cocked hat who looks like Dick Turpin (or as Bob may have just said, “looks like a Dick”).
It works for new locum vet Vanessa. Or, maybe, the free wine causes her to lock lips with Dan, although she then disappears into the night. Brenda, whose reading of Wuthering Heights gave Bob the idea for his special night, also moves in for a kiss with Dan Dan the Lucky Man. (Steve Pratt)
And from UTV's Julian Simmons blog:
As he competes with Dan for Vanessa's affections, Bob organises a Brontë night, telling an unsuspecting Dan that he is to attend in period costume!
Back to reality with a peek at the wonderful Brotherton Collection at Leeds university in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It’s actually hard to describe the great variety of the collections here, “ says Katy [Gudrum, in charge of Special Collections]. “Among Brotherton’s collection are works of English literature, books about printing, political volumes and rare science books, as well as letters from and to the Brontës.” (Sheena Hastings)
Give Billy Bibbit Some Spinach writes 'in defence of Emily Brontë' while El blog de Finbar writes in Spanish about Wuthering Heights 2011. Know Your Books posts about Jane Eyre. Bookshelves and Stovetops read A Brontë Christmas at Christmas time.

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