Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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Director: Peter Kosminsky

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer

     
 

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Peter Kosminksy directed this faithful adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic. Ralph Fiennes has the role of Heathcliff, a wanderer adopted by the father of Cathy (Juliette Binoche), "a wild slip of a girl." Heathcliffe is looked down upon by his stepbrothers and becomes a servant. He is further crushed when Cathy, the love of his life, marries another man -- since to… See more details below

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Peter Kosminksy directed this faithful adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic. Ralph Fiennes has the role of Heathcliff, a wanderer adopted by the father of Cathy (Juliette Binoche), "a wild slip of a girl." Heathcliffe is looked down upon by his stepbrothers and becomes a servant. He is further crushed when Cathy, the love of his life, marries another man -- since to marry a servant would be the ultimate in humiliation for her. Heathcliffe disappears for a number a years but then returns, revenge and hatred for Cathy's family the only thing on his mind.

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Near the beginning of their careers -- in fact, it was his first feature -- Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche starred in this perfectly adequate update of Wuthering Heights, directed by Peter Kosminsky. But what shackles it to mere adequacy may be built into the very text itself. Emily Bronte's sweeping novel of tragic romance on the moors is such high melodrama -- in the best sense of that word -- that any film adaptation is inevitably and inescapably earthbound, including William Wyler's excellent 1939 version. The tormented passion and gothic spiritualism of Bronte's work is best realized in the reader's mind, where it can achieve untold depths and vistas no filmmaker can touch. That said, Kosminsky's attempt is as good as any, if a little bit technically uninspired. Fiennes suppresses his natural regality to inhabit the feral skin of Heathcliff, an orphan adopted by the kindly owner of two grandiose mansions, and then abused by his son upon the old man's death. Heathcliff is one of literature's most complicated antiheroes, and Fiennes plays him with a rampaging bitterness that overcompensates for his emotional fragility and broken heart. The cruelty Fiennes shows he's capable of may help explain why the actor was cast as a villain early in his career, including his breakout role in Schindler's List the following year. Binoche is not quite so impressive while playing two admittedly less ostentatious characters. While Catherine Earnshaw, Heathcliff's star-crossed soul mate, is also quite complex, Binoche plays her with a fickleness that produces markedly different characterizations from scene to scene. Granted, it's possible there's nothing she could have done about that, given the character's troubling changeability as written by Bronte. Janet McTeer, Jeremy Northam and an uncredited Sinead O'Connor also fill out the star-studded cast, making this an involving but not quite enduring Wuthering Heights.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929311118
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
2,382

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliette Binoche Cathy/Catherine
Ralph Fiennes Heathcliff
Janet McTeer Ellen Dean
Sophie Ward Isabella Linton
Simon Shepherd Edgar Linton
Jeremy Northam Hindley Earnshaw
Simon Ward Mr. Linton
Paul Geoffrey Mr. Lockwood
John Woodvine Mr. Earnshaw
Trevor Cooper Dr. Kenneth
Jennifer Daniel Mrs Linton
Robert Demeger Joseph
Sinead O'Connor Emily Bronte
Dick Sullivan Parson

Technical Credits
Peter Kosminsky Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Tony Lawson Editor
Brian Morris Production Designer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Mary Selway Producer
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Mike Southon Cinematographer
Emily Brontë Source Author

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