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Kowalski

Wuthering Heights (2009)

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I have an Amazon Kindle FIre (For Christmas) and I have an Amazon Prime membership that allows me to watch MANY TV Shows, documentaries, and movies, and you can even watch them on your iphone or computer. It's really neat. Anyway, I finished watching an adaption of Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights." (My favorite novel) The only one had a seen previously to this one, was the 1939 version. (The 1939 version was very good I thought, though they never talk about Catherine daughter, Cathy, or Linton or Hareton which really take away from the story) This version was produced by PBS Masterpiece Theatre. It starred Tom Hardy as Heathcliff and Charlotte Riley as Catherine.

Here's a little info:

In approaching the novel as a 180-minute adaptation writer Peter Bowker observed: "How do you go about adapting the greatest love story in literature? Well, firstly by acknowledging that it isn't a love story. Or at least, it is many things as well as a love story. It's a story about hate, class, revenge, sibling rivalry, loss, grief, family, violence, land and money..."

He noted that the book had previously proved "stubbornly unadaptable", the most successful version being the Hollywood picture starring Laurence Olivier, which succeeded because "with classic Hollywood ruthlessness they filleted out the Cathy/Heathcliff story and ditched the rest of the plot. It's a great film but it does the novel a disservice."

Bowker hoped to "open up some of the other themes, not least the story of how damage is passed down through generations, how revenge poisons the innocent and the guilty, how the destructive nature of hate always threatens to overwhelm the redemptive power of love" but acknowledged that "structurally, the novel is notoriously difficult"

Faced with this "complex and sometimes frustrating structure" Bowker decided to reassemble the plot of the novel in chronological order and read it again. He credits the "exercise in literary vandalism" as "a breakthrough moment in pointing to the book's adaptability". In his version, Bowker "decided to drop [the original narrator] Lockwood altogether and absorb Nelly's [partial narration] into the main drama".

Bowker also shuffled with the original organisation of the flashback episodes, instead beginning his drama "at the moment when Linton is delivered by the dying Edgar to the old Heathcliff at the Heights", rather than through the visitor Lockwood's arrival at the estate. He suggested this reshuffle would increase audience interest; as the story begins "two men hate each other and we don't know why. The Kind Man is giving his ailing nephew to the Monster and we don't know why. Start with a mystery". Bowker also found this introduction gave "the story of the younger generation the room it deserves"

This was a really incredible adaption of the novel. Tom Hardy did a wonderful portrayal of Heathcliff. I cried so hard when Catherine died. The saddest scene was when he sees Catherine's body in the coffin, and he begs her to haunt him...

Heathcliff: [bending over Cathy's coffin] You said I'd killed you... Haunt me then... Be with me always... Take any form, drive me mad but don't leave me. In this abyss where I cannot find you... I cannot live without my life, I cannot live without my soul...

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Sounds like a bundle of laughs!

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*offers Kowalski a tissue or three and smacks ealdwita*

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Thanks Lady Kasey!

I Got to admit, I don't cry at a lot of stuff. It takes A LOT to make me cry. It was very well acted and if you like these types of movies, I'd encourage you to watch it.

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No, that's not one that interested me. Either the book or the movie, but I understand being moved by something you watch or even read. :)

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The language is just so moving….

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." -- Cathy

I love how when her and Heathcliff talk about each other, they always talk as if they are one and the same. Cathy says at one point, "I AM Heathcliff."

I LOVE that! People don't talk like that anymore…

Honestly, I can understand why Heathcliff is such a bitter man. I mean, Cathy's father brings him home (No telling what he saw on the streets or had to do to survive) and Cathy's father and her are the only people who are nice to him and care, and love him. When Cathy's dad dies, Hindley (her brother) pretty much treats him like a slave. Later, the only woman he loves (and only person who really cares about him) jilts him for Edgar Linton because he doesn't have any money. I guess I shouldn't say "jilt" cuz he ran off before she could tell him how she really felt. But, I mean…Edgar Linton? He is a nice enough guy, but COME ON!

BTW, I love your new avatar Lady Kasey! :tu:

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