Friday, April 19, 2013

When the Journal Sentinel Milwaukee lists Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights among others new releases and says, 'not reviewed' they probably just mean they haven't even seen it, as the film is described as a
Stylish take on Emily Brontë's novel of doomed love. (Chris Foran)
Stylish is an adjective we never thought we'd see attached to this film.

However, À Voir À Lire (France) reviews the French release in depth and gives it 3 out of 4 stars.
La cinéaste frappe là où on ne l’attend pas, évitant l’illustration du roman gothique par une force d’abstraction qui nous épate. Sa version des Hauts de Hurlevent, qui se concentre beaucoup sur l’enfance des protagonistes, renvoie au cinéma contemplatif le plus déroutant, le plus fascinant, au détriment du rythme qui n’est pas la préoccupation première de la réalisatrice.
L’échec en salle (20.000 entrées en fin d’année 2012) était loin d’être mérité, mais il se comprend par les partis pris d’une cinéaste sans concession et hautement admirable !
On regrette toutefois l’absence de bonus sur l’édition DVD éditée par Diaphana. [...]
Les suppléments :
Une bande-annonce s’est égarée sur la galette. Rien de plus... On aurait tant aimé qu’Andrea Arnold nous fasse part de ses intentions...
L’image :
Evidemment le format 4/3 voulu par la réalisatrice a été conservé. L’expérience est étonnante et rendue avec délicatesse par une copie fantomatique, parfois sombre, qui ne cherche pas à altérer les exigences artistiques de la cinéaste.
Le son :
Le dossier de presse annonce une piste DD5.1, mais elle semble totalement absente du DVD test qui nous a été proposé, où l’on retrouve la piste originale sous-titrée en français uniquement en 2.0. C’est minimaliste alors que les éléments se déchaînent sur la lande... (Frédéric Mignard) (Translation)
The Citizen (South Africa) reviews Jane Eyre Laid Bare.
Poor Jane Eyre. When I picked this book, I groaned. Was this another Fifty Shades Of Grey copycat author? Another writer who has little understanding of storytelling or language?    
Eve Sinclair, in her debut novel, has kept the plot true to the original. The language has remained formal.This will, undoubtedly disappoint the purists and frighten off the instant- gratification reader.
But somehow, the language makes the erotica more sensual. The story is told in the first person. Jane is virginal and attracted to her “master”. Her observation of her sexually awakening body is delightful and innocent. I loved the story and enjoyed the ending even more. (Ulrike Hill)
Express reviews the novel This House is Haunted by John Boyne.
"I blame Charles Dickens for the death of my father," declares the 21-year-old heroine as she describes how a trip to see the celebrated author in the London of 1867 results in the loss of her remaining parent from a fatal chill.
Her only option as a plain, single woman with limited funds and some teaching experience is to secure a governess's position, so she takes up a post at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk, advertised by a mysterious H Bennet.
A feeling of Pride And Prejudice meets Jane Eyre takes hold of the reader at this point. (Jenny Barlow)
The Intelligencer features Kit Grindstaff and her debut novel The Flame in the Mist:
Grindstaff said neither England’s nor Pennsylvania’s setting had influence on “Flame.
“With its crags, forests and moors, it’s more a mix of ‘Wuthering Heights’ and the Transylvania of ‘Dracula,’ “ she said.
Literature, on the other hand, had a profound impact.
“The ‘Golden Compass’ and ‘Harry Potter’ series, which helped set the fantasy stage, and Dickens, Brontë and Bram Stoker for setting and spook factor,” she said. “I love the ghost stories of Shirley Jackson, as well as the classic ‘(The) Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins, and Henry James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ ” (Laura Genn)
The Globe and Mail reviews the production of Lucia di Lammermoor that opened Wednesday night at the Canadian Opera Company’s Four Seasons Centre and, not for the first time, claims that
Lucia stands in a line of mysterious, haunted romantic female characters that lead from her to Catherine Linton in Wuthering Heights to Emma Bovary all the way to Gatsby’s Daisy. She is Everywoman and no woman at the same time. A different kind of Lucia, to be sure. But one that seems to be consistent with the opera’s musical zeitgeist. (Robert Harris)
The Independent features artist Paula Rego and looks back on her Jane Eyre series.
She has said that she is “of course a feminist” because “all women are feminists”. But, I tell her, they're not. And some critics have said her work, which often shows women in thrall to powerful and seductive men, doesn't seem feminist at all. In the series of pictures she did about Jane Eyre in 2001 and 2002, Mr Rochester feels as powerful a presence as Jane. (Christina Patterson)
Keighley News has an article on the recent Go Local Sunday in which the Brontë Parsonage Museum, among others, took part. And another article on tonight's Patti Smith's concert at Haworth.
The Brontë Schoolroom in Haworth is preparing for one of its most high-profile visitors.
Pioneering New York punk artist, Patti Smith, will play one of her smallest gigs, in the schoolroom, tomorrow to raise money for the Brontë Society.
All 125 tickets for the tiny show – An Evening Of Words And Music – sold out in just two days after they went on sale in January.
The concert was arranged after Ms Smith visited the museum at the end of last year and was so inspired by her trip she offered to perform for free in an effort to raise funds for the Bronte Society, which maintains and runs the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Museum director, Professor Ann Sumner, said: “As far as we know, this is the first time a rock star has ever held a concert to benefit a museum in the UK.
“We are honoured and grateful Patti Smith has chosen to support us in this way, and very excited to hear her play.”
The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page is thrilled to report that Patti Smith has visited the premises:
So I'm now back from holiday, and am plunged headfirst into the excitement of Patti Smith playing a benefit gig - tomorrow night - at The Old Schoolroom, Haworth. Before that, though, she popped in earlier to say hello, and very kindly signed our copies of 'Just Kids'. Here she is with our Collections Manager Ann Dinsdale, who has to keep looking at the picture just to prove to herself that it really did happen. Yes, the epitome of 70s New York uber-cool really did just turn up in my place of work!
EDIT: ColinGPaterson tweets a picture of the concert and says:
She's just dedicated Dancing Barefoot to Heathcliff and Cathy.
The Book She Read posts about Jane Eyre while My Journey writes about Villette.

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