Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Visceral Journey

The Telegraph & Argus talks about the Brontë Parsonage being featured on Countryfile's on Sunday night (you can catch it here for a week only, if you are an UK viewer):
Presenter Ellie Harrison explored the museum and the neighbouring moorland including Top Withens, reputedly the inspiration for the setting of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
The programme, screened on Sunday evening, ended with a performance outside the Parsonage by Haworth Band.
Filming was carried out in late November.
Among those interviewed were artist Ashley Jackson and the museum’s acting director, Ann Dinsdale.
She said: “The landscape looked particularly beautiful. Whenever we feature on TV programmes we find it does trigger a rise in visitor numbers.
“The timing is a little unfortunate because it coincides with the museum closing to the public, but that cannot be helped.”
The museum shuts today for cleaning and maintenance work to be carried out. It will reopen on February 9.
Thompson on Hollywood publishes a selection of best films of 2012...
 ...to indulge in your aching heart: "Wuthering Heights"
Challenging and unapologetic, Andrea Arnold's take on the Emily Brontë classic is breathtaking and brutal. It's a grim, animalistic look at love but a truly visceral journey into the heart of human desire and otherness.
Amanda May Meyncke's Film.com list:
4. Wuthering Heights. Lyrical and beautiful as a poem half remembered, director Andrea Arnold’s vision of the 19th century novel is moving and spare.
“For those who have never read the book, it will matter little as Arnold has taken care to develop an easily understood world and a felt story apart from the bleak novel. Arnold, along with cinematographer Robbie Ryan, is particularly gifted at evoking a strong and all-consuming sense of place, filling the screen with gorgeous, vibrant images and the sounds that go along with them — whistling winds, clanging pots and pans; every scene seems to evolve through the main striking images then the smaller details that memory grasps hold of, on down to the microscopic moments of color, texture and sound that must be experienced.”
And Oliver Lyttelton's The Playlist best films list:
If you're a stickler, feel free to add "Alps," "Wuthering Heights" and "Oslo August 31st" from my Best of 2011 list last year and insert them wherever you'd like in the running order. 
And Guy Lodge on HitFix has a wish for 2013:
Steve Pond crunches the numbers on the Academy's various voting branches -- reaching, among others, the conclusion that you only need 36 votes to nab a nomination from the cinematographers' branch. In case 36 of them are reading: Robbie Ryan for "Wuthering Heights," please. [The Wrap ]
Dr Brook Magnanti continues promoting Belle de Jour's History of Anon (BBC Radio 4 every day at 13:45 from December 31 to January 4) in The Telegraph:
Whether the topic is sex, philosophy, politics, or anything at all, anonymity frees writers to be bolder than they would otherwise. It also allows them to try on personas, to play with the concept of authorship. Plenty of women have written under the guise of men - consider Ellis, Currer, and Acton Bell… or as we know them now, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë
Libertad Digital talks about the appearance of the writer Lucia Etxebarría on a TV magazine in Spain. The journalist quotes from a letter of Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey:
Lucía Etxebarría se mostraba tan vulnerable que daba pena. Veías a la pobre sufriendo como Sylvia Plath. Pero sin horno. Y en lugar de poesía confesional, haciendo tele confesional. Demostrando cuánto mejor no será la vía de la soltería de Emily Dickinson, las Brontë o Jane Austen, que, por otro lado, disertaban sobre el amor, el matrimonio o lo que se terciara. Hay una carta maravillosa de Charlotte Brontë a su amiga Ellen Nussey: "...ninguna joven debería enamorarse hasta que se le haya propuesto matrimonio, haya aceptado, la boda haya sido celebrada y haya transcurrido el primer medio año de vida de casada. Una mujer puede entonces empezar a amar, pero con grandes precauciones, con mucha frialdad, con mucha moderación, muy racionalmente. Si llega a amar tanto que una palabra dura o una mirada fría de su marido la hieren en lo más profundo de su corazón, entonces es que es estúpida".  Aunque para demasiadas, esto es más fácil escribirlo que practicarlo. (Rosa Belmonte) (Translation)
Culturopoing (France) lists the best literary rediscoveries of the year:
« Les vies d'Emily Pearl », Cécile Ladjali (Ed. Actes Sud)
Cécile Ladjali rend ici hommage au roman anglais, empreint de romantisme noir. Elle construit une héroïne tragique, complexe, digne de celles des sœurs Brontë. Les hommages au roman anglais féminin sont nombreux, voire même à la mode depuis quelques temps, mais rares sont ceux qui parviennent à être à la hauteur, Cécile Ladjali y réussit brillamment. (Sabine Verronneau) (Translation)
mdz (Argentina) reviews the Spanish edition of Secret Lives of Great Authors by Robert Schnakenberg. The translation is a bit imaginative:
"De las tres novelistas de los Brontë, Emily era la más atractiva. Medía un metro setenta, lo que la convertía en una mujer bastante alta para la época. Su encantadora figura y bello rostro irradiaban un aire de misterio que fascinaba a los hombres. Su hermana Anne también era guapa y Charlotte...bueno, apenas medía un metro cincuenta, parecía un pajarito (...)", recupera Schnakeberg en el libro. (Translation)
The Jane Dough complains about the Clandestine Classics erotic retellings of classics inspired by the success of Fifty Shades of Grey who is mentioned in the 2012 chronicle of the Dunwoody Rier:
The world also went 50 shades of crazy this past year as women of all ages devoured the badly-written trilogy while their Kindle screensavers made it look like they were reading Jane Eyre. (Lauren Menis)

Kill Me If I Stop didn't like Jane EyreKsiążki Ysabell (in Polish) defends the exact opposite opinion; Livre du Jour plans to read The Professor and Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë in 2013; Refracted Light posts about A Breath of Eyre; gay f(e)ather posts an article with a very self-explanatory title: St John is a creep; kari's crowded bookshelf reviews Ironskin; the Brontë Parsonage Facebook publishes some pictures of the visit of the new appointed director Anne Sumner to the Parsonage.

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