Thursday, August 03, 2017

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Radio Times interviews Sally Wainwright:
Wainwright’s patch of the North is the Pennine valleys and moors west of a line from Haworth to Huddersfield. It’s a landscape responsible for Ted Hughes and the Brontë sisters and where Wainwright as a child wrote stories with her own sister Dianne. (...)
Last Christmas, she paid tribute to the Brontës with the often sublime television film To Walk Invisible. “I love history,” she says. “Whenever there’s a new costume drama on, I always think: ‘Great!’ Then I’m disappointed because you see shiny teeth and exquisite costumes that look like they’d finished being made that morning and you wouldn’t be surprised if somebody got their mobile phone out. I wanted to get right away from that.”
Wainwright says, “My job is to entertain people. I don’t write to be clever”, but To Walk Invisible was television of the highest calibre, brave enough to be a study in atmosphere but keen also to explore the Brontë family’s feuding and passion. Doing so attracted some criticism. “Finding a speaking voice for the Brontës was a leap of faith,” she says. “Obviously, you get accused of anachronisms. I was worried about the word ‘trash’, I thought people would think that was an Americanism, but it wasn’t. Charlotte and Emily both used it.
“There was a letter by [the writer] Lynne Reid Banks in The Guardian, saying that Branwell would not have used this word f**k and even if he did, she didn’t want to know or she didn’t think it was appropriate in a period drama. Utterly meaningless, just like saying, ‘Hello, I want my letter in The Guardian about the Brontës.’ I asked Ann Dinsdale, the collections manager library at the [Brontës] Parsonage, if Branwell would have used it. She said, ‘Of course.’ The word f**k wasn’t invented in 1972.” (Michael Hodges)
Inlander reviews the film Lady Macbeth:
The basic building blocks of this plot suggest an overheated, torrid melodrama, but Lady Macbeth truly belongs in the same camp as recent literary adaptations — Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights, Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd — that are grubbier and darker (both physically and tonally) than the staid versions we're using to seeing on PBS. (Nathan Weinbender)
The Times of India interviews the film director Imtiaz Ali:
Here are the stories that have strengthened Imtiaz's belief in the magic of love:
'Wuthering Heights' is special for the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine, who don't want to be together socially but they cannot live apart and destroy everything because they're not together.
Mental Floss celebrates the National Coloring Book Day (yes, it exists ) and recommends Elisabetta Stoinich's Wuthering Heights. A Colouring Classic:
Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë's gothic novel paints a pretty vivid picture of the Yorkshire moors, and the misty landscapes and brooding characters make for excellent subjects in a coloring book. Each illustration is coupled with a quote from the book, so you can relive the drama once again as you color.
The Florida Star begins an article with an Anne Brontë quote:
 A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. (Stephanie Hill-Frazier)
It's a quote from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Chapter XV.

Leeds-List recommends visiting
A hilltop village with a real country feel, Haworth is one of those places you simply have to visit in Yorkshire, especially if you’re a fan of literature. It was here that Bronte sisters wrote most of their books. Their old home, Haworth Parsonage, is now a museum, offering a unique insight into their lives. You’ll find many a walk winding away from the village, and with the Brontë Falls, the Brontë Bridge, and the Brontë Stone Chair all within easy reach, it’s well worth exploring.
Barnes & Noble Reads lists novels written in the 19th century still relevant today:
 Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
This revolutionary novel is in part responsible for our modern concept of storytelling, as it was the first to delve directly into the inner life of its protagonist. The story is told firmly from Jane’s point of view, embellished, dramatized, and rendered slightly unreal by virtue of her perception, memory, and prejudices. While telling a love story about a complex proto-feminist character, the novel finds time to offer thoughtful critiques of what was then modern life—critiques that still ring true today.
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Bursting with passion, Emily Brontë’s only novel is concerned with the destructive power of that unbridled emotion, demonstrating how feeling unchecked by reason can distort life and ultimately destroy it. Part romance, part ghost story, Wuthering Heights offers one of the best characters ever created in Heathcliff, a shifting character of uncertain parentage and legacy who is ultimately undone by his mad love for foster sister Catherine and taste for vengeance following her death. (Jeff Somers)
Sentieri Selvaggio ( in Italian) talks about the upcoming Jacques Tourneur retrospective at the Locarno Film Festival:
Ancora più accentuata in Ho camminato come uno zombie, ambientato ad Haiti e ispirato a Jane Eyre di Charlotte Brontë, che trascina in un mondo parallelo, con apparizioni sinistre, metamorfosi del mostro (in questo caso lo zombie che è la moglie di un piantatore) che riprenderà forma anche nel grandioso La notte del demonio (1957), generato da un mago dell’occulto che porta a uccidere le persone che si occupano della sua attività. (Simone Emiliani) (Translation)
Droitwich Spa Advertiser presents the upcoming performances of the Sally Cookson production of Jane Eyre in Birmingham. The Telegraph and Argus publish historic pictures of Thornton, including one of the Brontë Birthplace in 1968, when it was a butcher shop called Lovette. Michael Preverett posts about Emily Brontë's early poems.


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