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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

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Director: Andrea Arnold

Cast: James Howson, Kaya Scodelario, Steve Evets


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Emily Bronte's classic romance is given an austere, naturalistic interpretation in this adaptation from filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which strips the story of much of its dialogue and adds a racial component to the tale of forbidden love. Yorkshire landowner Mr. Earnshaw (Paul Hilton


Emily Bronte's classic romance is given an austere, naturalistic interpretation in this adaptation from filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which strips the story of much of its dialogue and adds a racial component to the tale of forbidden love. Yorkshire landowner Mr. Earnshaw (Paul Hilton) brings a West Indian boy (Solomon Glave) to live on his property and earn his keep working on Earnshaw's farm, naming the youth Heathcliff. While Heathcliff is regarded with deep suspicion by Earnshaw's son Hindley (Lee Shaw), he strikes up a friendship with Earnshaw's daughter Catherine (Shannon Beer) that grows stronger with time. After the death of Mr. Earnshaw, Hindley takes control of the farm, and Heathcliff chafes under Hindley's vicious treatment, running off to make his own way. In time, Catherine (now played by Kaya Scodelario) grows into a beautiful woman, and Edgar Linton (James Northcote), the son of a wealthy man, asks for her hand in marriage. Hindley approves of the match, but Catherine is torn when Heathcliff returns (now played by James Howson) as a self-made man. The affection Catherine and Heathcliff knew in their youth has grown into something deeper, but she isn't sure if she can defy her family in the name of love. Wuthering Heights received its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
With Wuthering Heights, British writer/director Andrea Arnold attempts to give Emily Brontë's seminal 1847 novel a fresh spin. In lieu of bringing Heathcliff and Cathy into contemporary times as one might nominally expect from this intention, Arnold preserves the period setting but captures the action in an unusual style -- with a noticeable absence of artificial light, copious usage of handheld camerawork, and occasional first-person shots taken from Heathcliff's perspective. This was a wise decision, arguably a masterstroke. Within Arnold's stylistic framework, the characters, the rugged moors beneath imposing skies, and the age-hewn interiors from Brontë's prose assume a raw quality that feels as if a direct documentarian was present in the 19th century, merely observing the events sans interference. On some vital, organic level, this works; we never for a moment sense what Pauline Kael once called "the technicians hiding behind the butterfly's wing and trying to make it iridescent." What doesn't pay off is Arnold's narrative looseness -- the plot structure feels sloppy and careless. Some major developments are glossed over -- such as the death of Cathy's dad, which we don't learn about until the coffin is being lowered into the ground -- and others are eliminated altogether: We never discover, for example, what befalls Heathcliff in between the time when he leaves the Earnshaw home and when he returns as a wealthy man who intends to make Cathy his bride. These omissions cripple the movie's dramatic power, and it suffers equally from a conspicuous lack of romantic chemistry between the younger versions of Heathcliff (Solomon Glave) and Cathy (Shannon Beer). One thinks back to other films that have made prepubescent or early teenage yearning emotionally tangible -- such as the magisterial flashbacks, for instance, in Adrian Lyne's Lolita. The picture desperately needs an equivalent level of passion, but it never materializes. Overall, the film constitutes an interesting attempt to strip the Brontë novel of its iconic topsoil and cut back to the thematic roots of the story; one can admire the sublimity of Arnold's aesthetic compositions and framing, as well as the generally solid acting from a nonprofessional cast, but that's to no avail when the movie misses its emotional targets. Viewers interested in this story would be strongly advised to seek out the 1939 adaptation starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, which remains unsurpassed on the levels of performance and execution.

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Special Features

Video essay with film critic David Fear of Time Out New York; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Howson Older Heathcliff
Kaya Scodelario Older Cathy
Steve Evets Joseph
Nichola Burley Isabella Linton
Oliver Milburn Mr. Linton
Solomon Glave Young Heathcliff
Shannon Beer Young Cathy
Paul Hilton Mr. Earnshaw
Simone Jackson Nelly
Lee Shaw Hindley
James Northcote Edgar Linton
Amy Wren Frances
Jonathan Powell Young Edgar
Eve Alice Coverley Ainscough Young Isabella
Adam Lock Adam
Emma Ropner Mrs. Linton
Richard Guy Gamekeeper Robert
Michael Hughes Hareton
Paul Murphy Lawyer

Technical Credits
Andrea Arnold Director,Screenwriter
Nicolas Becker Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Bernstein Producer
Nicolas Chaudeurge Editor
Matt Delargy Co-producer
Des Hamilton Casting
Tim Haslam Executive Producer
Hugo Heppell Executive Producer
Olivia Hetreed Original Story,Screenwriter
Adam Kulick Executive Producer
Kevin Loader Producer
Adam Lock Asst. Director
Mumford & Sons Songwriter
Steven Noble Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pardee Casting
Douglas Rae Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Robbie Ryan Cinematographer
James Saynor Co-producer
Helen Scott Production Designer
Emma Scott Makeup
Helen Scott Editor
Gail Stevens Casting
Mark Woolley Executive Producer

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Wuthering Heights 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SueBee55SB More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment! I borrowed this movie from the library, and I'm glad I didn't buy it. I've seen almost all the versions of this movie, and this is the worst. Many major plot lines are left out, and all of the memorable "speeches" are eliminated (For example, "I AM Heathcliff!", "I cannot live without my life; I cannot live without my soul!") This movie lacked passion. The actors were boring, and the actor who played Edgar Linton was too young and was the wimpiest Linton ever! Don't waste your time or money.