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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Fri February 6th, 2009, 5:12 pm

[quote=""MissMarplestein""]I found I wasn't all that thrilled with this version of Wuthering Heights. I must admit, Heathcliff did grow on me, as did Cathy, but perhaps I am spoiled with the old version. I did not like the way they had Heathcliff die, I won't go into details for those who haven't seen it yet...[/quote]

I saw one version (think it was from the 1970s) where Heathcliff got shot by Edgar...... :mad:

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Post by Telynor » Fri February 6th, 2009, 10:09 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]It's funny...in my family we refer to it as Emma Thompson's version. :D It was very well done, and is arguably the best book-to-big-screen adaptation in history. That was my introduction to Jane Austen.[/quote]

It was that version of S&S that got me back into Austen after the obligatory trudge through in high school. So far, after fourteen years, I haven't slowed down in my enjoyment of Austen, which means I guess it stuck. I am very impressed so far with the one that is running on PBS this weekend.

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Post by alice » Sat February 7th, 2009, 4:38 pm

Ooh, you've got the new version of WH that we haven't seen over here yet. I can't wait, but I'm concerned that they won't follow the book, like all the other versions.

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Post by MissMarplestein » Sat February 7th, 2009, 4:48 pm

[quote=""alice""]Ooh, you've got the new version of WH that we haven't seen over here yet. I can't wait, but I'm concerned that they won't follow the book, like all the other versions.[/quote]

They followed the book somewhat, but the verdict is still out for me. As I said, Heathcliff grew on me, but still not sure if I liked him. Tom Hardy definitely got the brooding part right, but it might have been a bit overdone, for my taste. I know every producer/director takes liberties and adds in their own thoughts, but I did not like the way Heathcliff died, nor a few other things that happened. I won't say more for I don't want to be a plot spoiler...I will leave it as this: this may be one version I'd have to see over again to make a judgement. Of course, can anyone compare to Merle Oberon and Lawrence Olivier?

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Post by LCW » Sat February 7th, 2009, 6:23 pm

I saw part two of the series last night and loved it. Of course, I haven't read the book in ages and plan to reread it soon so my opinion may change. I loved Tom Hardy as Heathcliff and thought he brought a vulnerability to the role that allowed one, at least this one, to look beyond the awful things he did and see how they were all driven either by his love for Cathy or his horrible treatment by Linton. Very enjoyable for me overall!
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Post by MrsMorland » Tue February 10th, 2009, 1:00 am

I just watched both parts back to back and really loved it. I thought Tom Hardy was excellent. I was by turns repulsed and attracted to him.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Tue February 10th, 2009, 10:34 am

[quote=""MrsMorland""]I just watched both parts back to back and really loved it. I thought Tom Hardy was excellent. I was by turns repulsed and attracted to him.[/quote]

He seems to seek out parts like that. I can think of several roles he's had where he's both been compelling and uncomfortable to watch at the same time.

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Post by MrsMorland » Fri February 13th, 2009, 12:21 am

[quote=""sweetpotatoboy""]He seems to seek out parts like that. I can think of several roles he's had where he's both been compelling and uncomfortable to watch at the same time.[/quote]

I think the only other thing I've seen him in is Band of Brothers and he had a small part. I'll have to see what else he's done.

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Post by Madeleine » Fri February 13th, 2009, 12:16 pm

[quote=""MrsMorland""]I think the only other thing I've seen him in is Band of Brothers and he had a small part. I'll have to see what else he's done.[/quote]

He was in a drama shown in the UK last year (over Easter I think) about London being flooded called, you guessed it, "Flood". It was OK, lots of CGI and the usual guessing as to who would survive and who wouldn't, watchable but daft.

He also played Robert Dudley in the BBC's "Elizabeth I" shown about 4 years ago.

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Post by LCW » Fri February 13th, 2009, 4:07 pm

I googled Tom Brady and think he looks so different in real life from his character. I know, I know, big surprise, right? Lol! And he's so young!! It gave me more respect for his portrayal of Heathcliffe, that's for sure.
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