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Wuthering Heights (1939)


Brontë and Dickens on Screen: Then and Now

Brontë and Dickens: Mad Victorian Love
4 Wednesdays, February 13 to March 6, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Alice Bullitt, M.A., Board Member, BMFI
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members
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Turning novels into motion pictures is nothing new, and Victorian literature has always been a wellspring for Hollywood. Charles Dickens, who produced over a dozen novels (and many more stories) during his career, remains the most adapted author of all time with his works spawning about 100 films during the silent era alone. His contemporary, Emily Brontë, wrote but one novel, Wuthering Heights, yet its influence in popular culture has been strikingly significant, inspiring one silent film in 1920, and 51 film and television productions thereafter.

Every great novel is at once emblematic of its particular historical moment, yet relatable to a diverse array of cultural periods that follow, remaining infinite in its mutability. Dickens’s Great Expectations and Brontë’s Wuthering Heights are inarguably two such texts, and we will analyze two distinct adaptations of each. William Wyler’s Wuthering Heights (1939), a faithfully atmospheric rendition of the dark and brooding novel, stands in contrast to Andrea Arnold’s unconventional 2011 adaptation, which approaches the canonical text with a controversially subjective technique. David Lean, who directed the 1946 Great Expectations, is very much Dickens’s kindred spirit in narrative tone and style, while Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 update is visually lush and emotionally fevered. Join us to learn about the powerful cinema inspired by two literary classics.


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  • Wednesday, February 13
    6:30pm 2019-02-13 18:30:00 2019-02-13 22:00:00 America/New_York Brontë and Dickens on Screen: Then and Now http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2568/bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now?id=2568&keyword=bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Wednesday, February 20
    6:30pm 2019-02-20 18:30:00 2019-02-20 22:00:00 America/New_York Brontë and Dickens on Screen: Then and Now http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2568/bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now?id=2568&keyword=bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Wednesday, February 27
    6:30pm 2019-02-27 18:30:00 2019-02-27 22:00:00 America/New_York Brontë and Dickens on Screen: Then and Now http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2568/bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now?id=2568&keyword=bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Wednesday, March 6
    6:30pm 2019-03-06 18:30:00 2019-03-06 22:00:00 America/New_York Brontë and Dickens on Screen: Then and Now http://brynmawrfilm.org:443/class/2568/bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now?id=2568&keyword=bront-and-dickens-on-screen-then-and-now Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA