Monday, August 10, 2015

Today, August 10, at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Monday 10 August 11am - 4pm
Work with artist Julia Ogden and create your own unique, never-to-be-repeated print using natural materials such as feathers and leaves gathered in the local area. You’ll be taking a bit of Haworth home with you!
Activities run on a drop-in basis and are free with admission to the Museum.
The Chicago Reader lists films in which Orson Welles only acted but not directed:
2. Jane Eyre (dir. Robert Stevenson, 1943) Welles's tendency to overshadow his costars is perhaps best exemplified in this adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel. Whether by design or some sort of unconscious directive, the film's various screenwriters—John Houseman, Aldous Huxley, and director Stevenson each took a pass—frequently defer to Welles's Edward Rochester, and the actor clearly revels in the source material's morbid, gothic moods. Unsurprisingly, the title heroine, played well enough by Joan Fontaine, is essentially obscured behind the swirling cloud of Welles's persona. (Drew Hunt)
Scholars & Rogues reviews Lee Smith's Black Mountain Breakdown 1980:
While there is in the work of these writers, of whom Lee Smith is an example, much of the lifestyle of the worlds they live in (there is a domestic life – particularly women’s domestic life – element to the work of these authors that is sometimes derisively referred to as the “Mama and them” theme), their treatments of their chosen subjects, while sometimes unappealing to some readers (particularly males), rings true and has the power of realism. For the reader who appreciates the work of Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë, both of whom certainly explored the domestic lives of women, the line from those authors to writers like Smith should seem clear. (Jim Booth)
A.V. Club and schmaltz. Including a bit of the history of the song It's All Coming Back To Me Now:
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the grand maestro of schmaltz, supposedly once crowned “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” as the greatest love song ever recorded, which is basically everything you need to know about that song. The man behind the tune, Jim Steinman, decided to adapt Emily Brontë’s Victorian romance, Wuthering Heights, as a power ballad in the style of Meat Loaf, and thus, it made sense that the singer himself wanted to record it. However, Steinman was so adamant that the track was a “woman’s song” that he actually sued Meat Loaf to prevent him from staking claim to it.
Instead, the tune went to Pandora’s Box, a little-remembered all-female group that Steinman managed. Their version of “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” flopped. Dion, however, made the track famous when she covered it for 1996’s Falling Into You, a record that also spawned three top five Billboard hits in the U.S., including her second No. 1, “Because You Loved Me.” (Nico Lang)
AllAfrica traces a profile of the writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o:
There is not much in the early segments of the memoir to suggest the development of the great writer Ngugi would later become. In the early chapters, he erroneously believes that one requires a licence to become an author.
His literary strivings begin in earnest at the head of the last third of the memoir. By then, he has devoured a stack of classics including Alan Paton, Emily Brontë and Leo Tolstoy. (Stanely Mushava)
Bustle lists films to see if you are 'totally over summer':
Jane Eyre 2011
I'm saying Jane Eyre because I love it with every fiber of my being (especially the 2011 Michael Fassbender version), but you can insert pretty much any period piece here and get the same effect. Drafty castles, achy love stories, and Byronic heroes all leave me dreaming about warm fires and cuddling on cold winter nights. (Sabienna Bowman)
VnExpress reviews Mad from the Madding Crowd 2015:
Ngoài ra, phim mới đầu tư rất nhiều về bối cảnh, trang phục… giúp Far from the Madding Crowd mang một vẻ đẹp quyến rũ không thua kém những tác phẩm chuyển thể gần đây như The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina hay Jane Eyre. (Sơn Phước) (Translation)
Beauty Lace reviews Wuthering Heights;  Controappunto reviews 嵐が丘 (Wuthering Heights) 1988.


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