Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Week presents a Phil Liggett video where you can see the Tour of France stages that will take place in England. Stage 2: York-Sheffield (200 km) is the one which includes Haworth:
The 200km second stage of the 101st Tour begins in York and ends in Sheffield. It includes Haworth – better known as Brontë Country – and Holmfirth, where the BBC TV comedy series The Last of the Summer Wine was filmed.
The monthly (or so) fashion section of BrontëBlog features today the New York Magazine's The Cut:
The couture collection at Valentino today was ornate, ladylike, and slightly menacing. As models swept down a runway that looked like the corridor of a mansion (nice touches of taxidermy!), all that lace, herringbone, and satin took a moodier turn. For instance, gold lace quickly went from girlish to resplendent to menacing when shot through with blood-red embroidery.
All told, each look was reminiscent of what Jane Eyre might wear had she had access to couture: dark, stormy, Victorian. (Allison P. Davis)
And a complete shooting on Vogue (Italy): Thornfield in Flame:
Il Lavoro trae ispirazione dalla figura di Jane Eyre, reinterpretata attraverso incursioni di co
lore fluo. L'interiorità del personaggio e la rilettura della figura storica della donna di metà 800, sono trasportati nel presente mediante contaminazioni stilistiche ora negli accessori, ora nel makeup, o ancora negli outfits. Il progetto riflette anche il suggestivo lavoro musicale espresso nellemelodie della compositrice canadese Julia Kent (che è stata la colonna sonora dell'intero shooting), che, col suo lavoro Delay, connota meravigliosamente Thornfield in flame. (Translation)
The credits of the photoshoot are:
Fotografo: Marco D'Amico
Stylist: Marco Grisolia
Fashion Editor: Romina Toscano
Makeup & hair: Antonio Ciaramella
Assistenti makeup: Silvia Bernoni
Nail artist: Sandra Campos
Modella: Margarita Babina
Assistenti stylist: Marilina Curci, Daria Lupelli, Vanessa Cappella
Assistente fotografo: Martina Monopoli
The Telegraph & Argus talks about the Ilkley Playhouse Wuthering Heights production:
This play version features three Heathcliffs, as a boy, as a teenager and as a man. Ash Caton gives a controlled performance as the teenager who gradually falls in love with the wild and wilful Cathy after his strange adoption into the Earnshaw family. Hindley, his tormentor, is played with suitable malice by newcomer Arthur Timmins. Roza Hesmondhalgh delivers the contrasting elements of younger Cathy convincingly, and her unaccompanied singing in the early part of the play is moving and memorable.
Quentin Sands plays the older Heathcliff who, having made his fortune, returns to discover that Cathy has married the local landowner, Edgar Linton. Sands is particularly adept at the brooding, menacing aspects of the character in a sustained and impressive performance.
Annabel Riley brings out the wilfulness and confusion of Cathy’s character and her longer speeches reveal, with passion, the emotional depths of a personality who is not, in the novel, as attractive as some versions would have it. Edgar Linton is given dignity and a sympathetic rendering in Andy Price’s well-spoken and deeply-felt interpretation.
The second half of the play provides more humour, particularly in Ash Caton’s reappearance as Linton Heathcliff, the foppish son of Heathcliff and Isabella Linton. Hetty Hughes captures Isabella’s infatuation with Heathcliff, and her subsequent suffering as his wife, convincingly. More humour is injected by Andrew Leggott’s doctor and Tony Wade’s Joseph, a Bible-bashing servant whose role is always, entertainingly, to find fault with everyone else.
The main story of the second part of the play is that of Edgar and Cathy’s daughter, also called Cathy, a caring and loving, but often misguided girl who suffers at the hands of her “uncle” Heathcliff through forced marriage and spitefulness, but whose redemptive qualities are brought out in her relationship with her cousin, Hareton. Nikki Mason makes this second-generation Cathy a lively and charming young woman whose suffering leads her temporarily astray. Patrick Hebbert provides an entirely sympathetic portrayal of a young man who, though deliberately brutalised in his upbringing, shows a thirst for knowledge and love, and finds both.
The upbeat conclusion to events gives proper emphasis to Emily Brontë’s far more optimistic notion of human nature, that love can conquer adversity, and often does. There are three nights left for this ambitious and impressive show – don’t miss it. (Sarah Robinson)
Hypable's BattleShips is hosting a competition for the Best Book Ship of All Time. For 48 hours (starting yesterday July 3) the battle is between Wuthering Heights Vs The Mortal Instruments:
Our shipping tournament, BattleShips, continues with Catherine/Heathcliff and Magnus/Alec. Which couple will fight Percy and Annabeth in the next round? You decide!
This poll will end July 5th at 12:00PM.
Emma Rosemblum obviously hasn't read any Brontë novel but has seen lots of reality shows like Princesses Long Island. In Bloomberg Businessweek:
The marriage plot is a storytelling device at least as old as Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, authors who also skewer their rich and silly female characters.
Yareah Magazine reviews Wuthering Heights 2011:
In 2011, the independent British director Andrea Arnold filmed again Wuthering Heights. Starring by Kaya Scodelario as Catherine and James Howson as Heathcliff. The screenplay, written by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed, is still more romantic and dark that the text of 1847. From the beginning, lovers know that only death will unite them forever. They want a sexual relationship outside of that harsh world, in the afterlife. It is a fantastic film full of references to nature, birds and animals, life and death. If you have the chance, see this different movie. Not suitable for children but interesting for a reflection.
Love is a force of nature… it’s sex.
Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor (on the West End with Noel Coward's Private Lives) give relationship advice to some of literature’s more hopeless romantic conundrums in Time Out:
I think I’m in love with my adopted brother. He’s rather moody, though, and has no education or money, which really irritates me. What should I do?
Cathy Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights
TC ‘That’s all right as long as you’re not directly related. I mean, it’s not ideal, but as long as he’s pretty, why not? There’s no legal impediment and as far as I can tell no moral one.’
AC ‘He’s a very bad idea. He’s got an unpleasant temper and, so it seems, have you. Go and get some anger management therapy or whatever it’s called. And think of the impact on your family!’
The Huffington Post lists several authors and their influences. Karen Russell says:
I had this private/public reading split when I was a kid, Austen and Dumas and those Brontës for the adults, "Fear Street" and Frank Herbert in private.
The Guardian interviews Ellen Page:
If at times her argument gets a little ahead of her, such as expressing outrage that schools teach hardly any female authors other than Jane Austen (the Brontës? Toni Morrison?), what she occasionally lacks in precision she more than makes up for in refreshingly fearless passion. (Hadley Freeman)
National Post interviews another actress, Marla McLean:
I’m not reading anything right now. I’m preparing for an audition right now. Actually, it’s Jane Eyre, so that’s what I’m reading. (David Rockne Corrigan)
Half Moon Bay Review tries to be funny when listing several alternative summer reads:
Jane Eyrehead, by Charlotte Brontë (Life in the San Fernando Valley). (Louie Castoria)
The problem is that Jane Airhead really exists (and it's a nice YA novel by Kay Woodward) and Jane Eyrehead also exists (it was a 1982 SCTV sketch with John Candy and a romance novel owned by Marge Simpson in the 2009 episode The Marge Book).

The Herald reviews Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring:
Similarly, there is a touch of satire in the sub-plot of Leslie Mann's mother home-schooling teenagers using examples from the world of celebrity culture. Angelina Jolie not Jane Eyre rules OK. Again, though, Coppola does not linger long. 
This story on Teen Pink contains a reference to Branwell Brontë:
“You're not in love with me. You're in love with playing the Heathcliff to my Catherine, the ­Sinbad of the Skies to my Arianna M. Ether. You want to be a Branwell Brontë; the woman is insignificant. Go languish for love someplace else!” (MoandBrowniegirl)
Creative Review likes the Pulp! The Classics idea (with that Heathcliff meets Humphrey Bogart cover); Pittsburgh Stage and Screen Examiner posts about Les Soeurs Brontë 1979; Wild Yorkshire uploads a drawing of Brontë Bridge; Litteranet (in French) reviews the webepisodes so far of The Autobiography of Jane Eyre.


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