Saturday, September 10, 2011

A new kind of Wuthering Heights

‘May she wake in torment!’ he cried, with frightful vehemence, stamping his foot, and groaning in a sudden paroxysm of ungovernable passion. ‘Why, she’s a liar to the end! Where is she? Not THERE - not in heaven - not perished - where? Oh! you said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer - I repeat it till my tongue stiffens - Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you - haunt me, then! The murdered DO haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts HAVE wandered on earth. Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only DO not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I CANNOT live without my life! I CANNOT live without my soul!’

Andrea Arnold (best known for Fish Tank and Red Road) brings us the latest version of Wuthering Heights which will be out this November in the UK.

"Full credit to director Andrea Arnold for taking such a bold and distinctive approach to Emily Brontë's account of sweeping passion on the Yorkshire moors," writes the Guardian's Xan Brooks. "Her line in creative vandalism rips off the layers of fluffy chiffon that have adhered to the tale through the course of numerous stage and screen adaptations. It pushes the story all the way back to its original 1847 incarnation and then beyond, up-river, into primordial sludge. What comes back is a beautiful rough beast of a movie, a costume drama like no other. This might not be warm, or even approachable, but it is never less than bullishly impressive."

The movie stars Kay Scodelario better known as Effy Stone from SKINS. She will play Bronte's Catherine in this very historical sensed film.

This is James Howson's first film. A part of me would have preferred Avan Jogia instead, as Heathcliff.

The most unique aspect of this film is how Arnold portrays the infamous Heathcliff (which is the backbone of all anti-heroes in my book). As Bronte described Heathcliff as the dark gypsy boy. This role has the first black Heathcliff played by newcomer James Howson.

Perhaps we are due a modern American version of the movie. Avan would still be my choice for Heathcliff.

This film exposes the brutal life that Heathcliff endured living with the foster Earnshaw family. Truly this will definitely be an eye-opener, to say the least.

STORYLINE: A poor young English boy named Heathcliff is taken in by the wealthy Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte.


Cafe Fashionista said...

This is one of my favorite books. I would love to see it adapted again! :)

izzy and dev said...

How cool. Can't hardly wait!

molly said...

Sounds great.

meg said...

I want to see it!

ori said...

So happy to hear of this.

Cait said...

Looks like one to watch for.