When I heard that there was yet another film of Wuthering Heights coming out this year, I had no intention of watching it because: a) It's already been done to death in a load of other adaptations b) I loathe the book anyhow c) I think the casting of Heathcliffe as black was gimmicky to say the least.
However I recently found out that the film was actually filmed in my own stamping ground of Swaledale and Coverham, in some of the places where I regularly walk so I now have to watch it just so I can do some place spotting! (Altho actually the moors in the book are much further south than us)
If anyone is interested here are some of the places it's set. The countryside is that around Thwaite and Muker, two lovely villages further up Swaledale from where I live, absolutely gorgeous countryside.
Thrushcross Grange was represented by Cotescue Park in Coverham about 15 miles away from me
And Moor Close Farm in Swaledale is Wuthering Heights itself. I don't have any pics of the farm itself but its on the way to Great Shunner Fell swaledale's highest 'mountain' which is some pretty wild bleak countryside.
I know a lot of people like the book but I just don't get it. The main characters are unpleasant and unsympathetic and the book is just the most depressing read ever! And most of the film/TV versions (including this one) miss out the 2nd part of the book and the 'happy' ending so are even more dismal.
Claire, I thought it was an interesting adaptation and it is strikingly shot. It's certainly not a pretty Yorkshire Tourism framing of the moors though; there's barely a shot that isn't rainwashed, windswept and oppressively bleak. In one of the early scenes the young Cathy and Heathcliffe ride a distinctly Araby looking pony that I'm sure wouldn't have been available to a family of that income in the 18th century.
I personally love the book precisely because it is so extreme; brutal, hysterical and intense. There is nothing else like it in English Literature. It's also pretty much unfilmable straight from the book, given the structure and compliated lineages.
I enjoyed this year's Jane Eyre adaptation with the lovely Michael Fassbender; that novel is more straightforward to adapt for screen though.
It's certainly not a pretty Yorkshire Tourism framing of the moors though; there's barely a shot that isn't rainwashed, windswept and oppressively bleak.
Well I've seen it in that guise quite a bit! The part where they shot a lot of it is a fairly bleak wild part. I personally quite like the bleakness and I'm actually glad it doesnt use the more chocolate boxy scenery as it won't encourage more tourists!
Foxglove, and anyone else who has seen it, if you can remember a bit where a brass band plays The Coventry Carol, its actually one of our local brass bands on the soundtrack (Muker Silver Band) - I heard them playing it live a couple of weeks back and thats when I found out about they were in the film.
I LOVE Wuthering Heights. I'm not sure why, a lot of people in my English lecture share the same views as you, that it's bleak and depressing. But thats sort of why I like it, the characters are so REAL. Maybe I can just identify Cathy is so wild and not a perfect heroine, shes selfish, wild and a total drama queen, but thats just what a lot of girls are like! And Heathcliffe... well he's a typical guy really, gets in moods for no apparent reason and likes winding up the people he secretly cares for! And maybe because they don't get their happy ending its a lot more realistic. I don't think it would have worked as well if they had. Ok rant over, but i'll defo be seeing the film. I think the actress playing Cathy will be really good, loved her in "Skins".
Interesting comments mysteryarab - has anyone got a spare copy of the book, I feel I need to reread it. Can't get Kate Bush out of my head every ::)time I think of it at the mo!
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I did some 6th form coursework on Wuthering Heights at school and liked it then, hav'nt read it since though nor ever any other bronte books. Only rarely see films, but this one sounds kind of interesting.
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