Thursday, August 07, 2014

The silent landlords

Sarah Laycock, library and collections officer
at The Brontë Parsonage in Haworth with the film script.
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The acquisition by the Brontë Parsonage of the original script of Wuthering Heights 1920 is discussed in the Yorkshire Post:
A film script used by the director of the first adaptation of Wuthering Heights has been bought for a five-figure sum by the Brontë Parsonage which hailed it as a “fantastic discovery”.
Made in the 1920s, using locations around Haworth, the film was made by the Ideal Film Company and was the first ever adaptation of Emily Brontë novel.
However, no survivig copy of the film has been found, despite many enquiries over the years by the Brontë Parsonage.
The script, bought from a book dealer in West Sussex, was used by the director Arthur Victor Bramble and contains 22 pages of production notes including his annotations, along with details of costumes and locations used in each scene and press cuttings.
There are original stills of the film crew carrying their equipment and shots of the child actors.
Ann Dinsdale, collections manager at the Brontë Parsonage, said: “It has taken several years to even come close to finding out whether a copy of the film existed, and so to now be in ownership of this incredible script is a fantastic and overwhelming triumph. It’s such an iconic film and a great effort was made to ensure the film’s authenticity with locations set in the Haworth area and telling the whole story. It’s a great loss that this classic film has not survived, but this is a great start in establishing its history.”
The script will go on display in the Brontë Parsonage Museum early next year. (Andrew Robinson)
The news is also on BBC News-Leeds & West Yorkshire.

Keighley News informs that the Black Bull changes landlords once again:
Traditional charm of a classic Haworth pub will be served up with a subtle American twang thanks to the new landlords of the Black Bull in Main Street.
Seasoned pub boss David Longcake has teamed up with US businessman Jim Winchester to take on the historic pub, once a haunt of Branwell Brontë.
And they are confident their new way of doing business, combined with fresh catering talent from Bradford College, will get the Black Bull back on the path to success. (Alistair Shand)
Associated Press interviews Barbara Corcoran, from the ABC TV program Shark Tank:
LAST BOOK READ: Reread "Wuthering Heights," by Emily Brontë; "it wa s as delicious as I remembered it."
Emma Brockes (in The Guardian) selects Erica Jong's 1973 Fear of Flying as the book that changed her. A selection as stereotypical as stereotypical is her description of Jane Eyre:
When I was 13 I went on holiday to Mallorca with my family, and halfway through the trip ran out of books to read. I had by then been reading what I thought of as grownup novels for years, but they were mostly historical: Jane Eyre, which seemed more like a children’s book, with its orphanage, ghosts and frilly white nighties; the enthrallingly cartoonish Gone With The Wind; and, of course, any Jackie Collins I could lay my hands on.
The Spectator celebrates the 100th anniversary of Unity Mitford:
The intensity of their family life made the Mitfords, like the Brontës, create a world of their own. Six variations of the same face and voice, the sisters were each distinctive but all confident, vivid and driven, a dangerous combination for girls who were finished but not educated. Unity was the boldest, and at 6ft 1in the tallest; she lived to shock. (Mark McGinness)
Broadway World interviews the English actor Johnny Partridge:
He reflects a little on his mother's illness due to dementia. "She's doing a lot better, and as a family we're doing a lot better," he says. "And my mum has always loved to hear me sing - even now, when I sing, it takes her back to that place where I'm a little boy dancing round the living room with a tea-towel on my head, singing 'Wuthering Heights'. (Carrie Dunn)
Australian Book Review interviews the author Sophie Cunningham who chooses Jane Eyre as one of her favourite books. Nottingham Post salutes the arrival of the Wuthering Heights ChapterHouse production to Wollaton Hall. Dee Jay (Italy) lists songs with literary inspirations and, of course, Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights features in it.

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