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Wuthering Heights

by Vladimir Kozlov at 07/03/2012 20:26

Just a few months ago, the new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel “Jane Eyre” was released, and now viewers have the opportunity to check out a new film version of “Wuthering Heights,” the 1847 novel by Bronte’s younger sister, Emily.

The book has been adapted for the screen at least a dozen times. But at a time when new original stories are few and far between and remakes and sequels account for a big chunk of all new releases, this romantic drama about the doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and her foster brother Heathcliff remains attractive for filmmakers.

This adaptation didn’t exactly go smoothly, with directors and main stars being replaced. “Wuthering Heights” was eventually directed by Andrea Arnold, known for the 2009 teenage drama “Fish Tank,” with Kaya Scodelario playing Catherine and James Howson as Heathcliff.

The movie premiered at last year’s Venice International Film Festival and collecteSd the Best Cinematography prize. It was later screened at the Valladolid International Film Festival, picking up awards for the Best Cinematography and Best Young Actors, which went to Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer.

Meanwhile, the film was met with mixed critical reviews. A writer for The Daily Mail called it “a wouldbe sophisticated but actually naive attempt to turn Emily Bronte’s fascinating, emotionally involving romantic melodrama into the most alienating kind of brutalism.”

“I’d say this astonishing adaptation of ‘Wuthering Heights’ was one of the most impressive costume dramas I’ve seen in years,” disagreed a reviewer for The Daily Mail.

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