Looking Backward: British Period Drama – the 21st Century Edition

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 Wuthering Heights (2012)

Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer in ‘Wuthering Heights’ (Agatha Nitecka/Oscilloscope Laboratories)

There have been more than a dozen adaptations of Emily Brontë’s novel (including a 2009 TV version starring Tom Hardy as Heathcliff and Charlotte Riley as Cathy). The most recent, currently playing in theaters in the U.S., is from British director Andrea Arnold, who emphasizes the bleak life of Heathcliff and Cathy on Yorkshire’s moors. At first, Arnold was reluctant to take on the classic book, which she loved.

“I’m not a fan of taking books and trying to turn them into films. Cinema is a completely different form,” she told the L.A. Times. “And everyone comes with their idea of how the book is. You’re onto one big losing battle, aren’t you?”

But she apparently feels that she won this battle with her adaptation, which includes the casting of black actors to play Heathcliff.

“Lots of people have said when they see it, ‘It feels like something of yours; it doesn’t feel like it’s not yours,’” she said.

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