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“When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thick skinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.”  -Neil Gaiman

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Wuthering Heights (2011 Film)

Wuthering Heights is a film directed by Andrea Arnold. It is based on the classic novel of the same name written by Emily Bronte. The screenplay was written by Andrea Arnold and Olivia Hetreed. It was released in the UK on November 11, 2011. It holds a 68% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 70% on Metacritic.

Summary

The film open with a mature Heathcliff causes himself harm alone in a room at Wuthering Heights. The setting jumps back to his childhood when he is first brought to the Heights.

His first moments at the Heights are not pleasant as he is not well received. Earnshaw’s children Catherine and Hindley are not happy about his arrival. Earnshaw declares Christian duty as explanation for his behavior. It quickly becomes obvious that Hindley hates Heathcliff, while Catherine and Heathcliff become fast friends. They run and play all across the sparse moors freely. However the fun is short lived. When Earnshaw dies Hindley becomes head of house. He banishes Heathcliff to the stables. As they grow up Heathcliff and Catherine continue to care for each other. Catherine does her best to protect Heathcliff, but he is severely mistreated by Hindley.

The pair are curious about their neighbors, and sneak up to their window. When the dogs notice them Catherine is bitten. They bring her into the house where Heathcliff follows. She is tenderly cared for while he is thrown out. Edgar and Isabella Linton befriend Catherine during her visit. Upon her return Heathcliff is flustered at the changes in her and angry that she stayed away so long. Soon Edgar comes to visit regularly driving them further apart. When Edgar proposes to Catherine she is torn between Heathcliff and Edgar. Heathcliff overhears her talk with the house keeper and runs away.Wuthering heights 2011

Years later Heathcliff returns, suddenly wealthy and intent on seeing Catherine. They begin to resume their frienship much to the concern on Edgar. Heathcliff rents a room from Hindley at the Heights, and slowly takes possession of the Heights through loaning Hindley money which he spends on booze. When Isabella begins to fall for Heathcliff he uses this against Edgar by sneaking her off and marrying her. She soon realizes his true nature. These events make Catherine very sick. She soon dies from heartache. Heathcliff is beyond help as he mourns this loss. The film ends with several flashbacks to their wild childhood together.

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Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1992 Film)

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is a 1992 film adaptation of Wuthering Heights written by Emily Brontë. Peter Kosminsky directed the UK film. The screenplay was written by Anne Devlin. Paramount Pictures used the author’s name title because Samuel Goldwyn Studios owned the rights to the simple title. This adaptation is one of few to include the second generation including the children of Heathcliff, Hindley, and Catherine from the original text.

Summary 

The film begins with Emily Brontë visting the house that inspired her story. She begins the narration with Mr. Lockwoods visit to Wuthering Heights seeking shelter from a storm. After Lockwood is reluctantly received to stay the night by Heathcliff he encounters the ghost of Catherine Earnshaw. The narrator starts with Heathcliff’s arrival at the Heights many years before.

Catherine’s father brings him the Heights. Catherine and Heathcliff become fast friends, while her brother Hindley despises the intruder. He continues to abuse Heathcliff, lowering him to a servant after the death of their father. Hindley marries and has a son, Haerton, however the lose of his wife in child birth causes him to drink heavily. Catherine and Heathcliff are caught sneaking around the Linton’s during a party. Catherine is bitten by a dog and carried inside by Edgar Linton. Heathcliff is thrown from the house while Catherine is nursed by the family. After this Catherine spends much of her time with Edgar and his sister Isabella. When Edgar asks Catherine to marry him she accepts feeling that she can not marry Heathcliff. Upon hearing this Heathcliff leaves the Heights and in his absence she marries Edgar.Wuthering heights 1992

When Heathcliff returns he causes a scandal by fighting Edgar, buying the Heights, and then running off with Isabella. Catherine and Isabella both bear children. Catherine, sick from all of the stress dies shortly after delivering Cathy. Isabella runs away while pregnant. Her son Linton is brought back to the Heights after her death.

Years later Cathy meets Linton and Heathcliff. While her father forbids her to see them again she returns and is forced to marry Linton. Shortly after her father’s death Linton dies as well, leaving Cathy with Heathcliff and Haerton. Haerton and Cathy begin to fall in love. Heathcliff tired of his vengeance leaves them be. Here we catch up to the present. Heathcliff, seeing Catherine finally, dies. The narrator closes the story.

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