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11-06-2021, 09:15 AM
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Wuthering Heights

I've never read the book, or watched any of the many adaptions made for big and small screen ... until yesterday.

On Netflix, two hours of pretty poor acting, filmed on a shaky in-yer-face video camera. God it was bleak, but it's supposed to be! This Film4's 2011 offering was wowed at the Cannes Film Festival. A story of lost love, necrophilia and incest. A blackman played by a blackman, it wouldn't happen in 2021, racism, foul language. Is this as good as it gets?

I've listen to Kate Bush again, while reading the lyrics this time. How romantic!

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11-06-2021, 09:22 AM
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In the the book Heathcliff was not a blackman but of unknown possibly gipsy parentage .
He was clearly going by the story a handsome man but manipulative cruel and obsessive .
He was in short a nasty piece of work
Cathy was a spoilt selfish brat who repaid kindness with bad behaviour and retaining only her loyalty to Heathcliff .
Neither had empathy for anyone.
Great book
The old film with Laurence Olivier is better l
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11-06-2021, 09:38 AM
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I thought they were both a right pain in the neck.I've never wanted to read it again.
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11-06-2021, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Psmith ->
I thought they were both a right pain in the neck.I've never wanted to read it again.
I thought the same, Psmith & the musical with Cliff Richard in it was dire. Dreadful acting. My opinion anyway others probably liked it.
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11-06-2021, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by d00d ->
I've never read the book, or watched any of the many adaptions made for big and small screen ... until yesterday.

On Netflix, two hours of pretty poor acting, filmed on a shaky in-yer-face video camera. God it was bleak, but it's supposed to be! This Film4's 2011 offering was wowed at the Cannes Film Festival. A story of lost love, necrophilia and incest. A blackman played by a blackman, it wouldn't happen in 2021, racism, foul language. Is this as good as it gets?

I've listen to Kate Bush again, while reading the lyrics this time. How romantic!

Any other WutheringHeightisms to look out for?
That film sounds right to my taste! Ticks most of my boxes, I must get a copy if it's on DVD.
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11-06-2021, 01:08 PM
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Re: Wuthering Heights

Originally Posted by d00d ->
I've never read the book, or watched any of the many adaptions made for big and small screen ... until yesterday.

On Netflix, two hours of pretty poor acting, filmed on a shaky in-yer-face video camera. God it was bleak, but it's supposed to be! This Film4's 2011 offering was wowed at the Cannes Film Festival. A story of lost love, necrophilia and incest. A blackman played by a blackman, it wouldn't happen in 2021, racism, foul language. Is this as good as it gets?

I've listen to Kate Bush again, while reading the lyrics this time. How romantic!

Any other WutheringHeightisms to look out for?

I agree with you d00d, in fact I seem to remember starting a thread on this very subject a few years ago. I have seen the original film and thought it was dreadful and I have read the book which was equally dreadful in my opinion. As for Film4's version, I will give it a miss. Anything that does well at Cannes is always worth missing.
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12-06-2021, 10:50 AM
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With reference to the song.
I always considered the work of Kate Bush to be pretentious twaddle in a silly little girl voice.
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