EMILY BRONTE'S WUTHERING HEIGHTS 1992

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Cathy Earnshaw is Heathcliff's foster sister; more than that, she is his other half. When forces within and without tear them apart, Heathcliff wreaks vengeance on those he holds responsible, even into a second generation.

Starring:
Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

EMILY BRONTE'S WUTHERING HEIGHTS

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Genres Action & Adventure, Romance
Director Peter Kosminsky
Starring Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By cathy earnshaw on 20 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
Many reviews of Peter Kosminsky's Wuthering Heights (1992) seem to work from the premise that it "should" represent the novel in an absolutely faithful manner. However, who is to say that it was Kosminsky's aim to give as faithful a portrait as possible? Isn't it just as likely to assume that he wanted to adapt it into a compelling film which, although clearly based on Emily Brontė's novel of 1847, can nevertheless stand alone as work of art of its own? It can be productive to look at what was changed in the process of adaptation for the screen and to speculate why, yet Kosminsky is under no obligation to please the purists: in fact, given the nature of the thing, that would probably be an impossible task.

The film was critically panned upon its release - The Guardian mocked it as "an abject disaster" - and the French actress Juliette Binoche was seen as a controversial, risible choice to play a much-loved heroine of English fiction. I vividly recall my English teacher at secondary school lampooning her performance: "Oh, Nelly, je suis Heathcliff!". One only needs to take a look at Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (1995), however, to see how an international cast can triumphantly portray English figures. I find her accent passable (although without a Yorkshire tilt); I do have other reservations about her portrayal of Cathy Earnshaw, though. In the novel she is a "wild, wicked slip of a lass" - volatile, headstrong, mercurial, selfish, stubborn, and by no means the rather one-sided giggly, vivaciously capricious creature that Binoche portrays her as (how much Kosminsky himself wanted Cathy to be portrayed as such, we can only wonder).
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
This 1992 screen adaptation, by Peter Kosminsky, of Emily Bronte’s novel, Wuthering Heights, covers all the chapters of the book (unlike the previous versions). Unfortunately, the movie should use at least another 90min to be complete, without then, more then 30 years of narration are difficult to follow, especially, by someone who haven’t read the book. But Kosminsky still made (in my opinion) the best adaptation ever of this novel, since the lack of time is well compensated by a great cast, amazing scenery and melodies by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a true artist.
In this story about passion, hate and revenge, Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes are Cathy and Heathcliff, wild characters whose doomed love is stronger then death. Fiennes really makes a perfect Heathcliff, improving his rough temper and Binoche, although it may seem too much, plays both Cathy, and her daughter, Catherine. She’s a great actress worthy of the challenge and it worked perfectly well. Other actors such as, Jeremy Northam, Janet McTeer, Simon Shepard and Sophie Ward also help to bring the novel to the screen, making a must see movie, for anyone who loves a beautiful love story, well performed. And the most important thing, the movie really keeps faithful to the essential of the immortal tale.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I have never seen a period piece that I did not like. I now have. This film was surprisingly bad. In fact, on top of being disappointed, I was shocked by how bad it was. It is hard to believe that such a great, gothic story of star cross lovers, Cathy and Heathcliff, and their doomed families, the Earnshaws and the Lintons, has come to this, a travesty of a film. It conveys all of the abject misery contained in the novel, but none of its saving graces.
While this is a film that attempts to tell the entire story, chapter and verse, unlike its 1939 predecessor with Laurence Olivier, it still fails. The main problem is the miscasting of Juliette Binoche. While Ms. Binoche is, undoubtedly, lovely looking and a fine actress, her portrayal of an English girl, Cathy Earnshaw, falls flat. She is unable to fashion a credible English accent. Her underlying French accent is very distracting. Moreover, cast in the dual role of her daughter, Catherine Linton, with the same jarring accent, she is maddening. One never forgets that she is Juliette Binoche. She also, unfortunately, plays both roles in the same fashion. There is no attempt at any characterization or differentiation between the two other than a blowsy, blonde wig. Like mother, like daughter, I suppose. The roles were a definite overreach for Ms. Binoche.
Ralph Fiennes, on the other hand, is well suited to the role of Heathcliff, whom he plays with the intensity demanded of the character. Yet, he, an accomplished actor and worthy of the part, falls short of the mark. While there were glimmers of humanity and a certain poignancy to some of his babarous actions, it was not consistent enough to make the character come across as anything more than a cruelly depraved, miserable slob, rather than an anguished and passionate human being.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have given this film five stars, mainly on the strength of Ralph Fiennes performance. He focuses on bringing out the raw side of Heathcliff, showing him as an uncultured rough man driven by a need to possess utterly the only woman who has ever touched him emotionally. For a portrayal of uncontrolled obsessive love see this man act. Juliette Binoche trys hard to match him as Cathy but she struggles to portray convincingly the wild tormenting streak that Cathy is meant to have and her elusive 'catch me if you can' nature and it is difficult to see why Heathcliiff would have been driven almost mad by a desire to have her. Still, that aside, the music is haunting and the film is visually stunning with wild sweeping expanses of moor and sky. I also thought it worked well with Emily Bronte narrating the story as it highlighted the underlying emotional longing, both that of the lovers and also of the girl that wrote the story. See the film just to lose yourself and catch a glimpse of a wildness that is better portrayed in this film than any of the other versions I have seen.
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