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Staying at Wuthering Heights (as one does…..)

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by echostains

the old hall by day

the old hall by day

We stayed over night in Haworth for the first time.  It was wet and windy, living up to it’s wuthering reputation.  We stayed at Haworth Old Hall, built in the 1600s and full of atmosphere.  This was the original Wuthering Heights!  I’m talking about the very first  film  of Emily Bronte’s book, made in the 1920s of course.  Apparently this film has disappeared and the Bronte Society would very much like to get hold of it! Read about it HERE

the window above the door was our room.  You can well imagine this as Wuthering Heights!

the window above the door was our room. You can well imagine this as Wuthering Heights!

The place itself is full of character and serves wonderful meals.  Flag floors, stone, wooden floorboards, mullion windows and big fireplaces – what more could you want?  A bat did lose its way and fly through our window..but that only added to the visit!  We were assured that this was VERY unusual and NOT an everyday occurrence (I don’t want to put anyone off staying here – it’s fab and the staff and hosts are very friendly and generous!).  So I suppose that the bat must have been an omen of some sort meant just for us …hope it was a good one lol!

old Hall by nigth, a rainy one at that

old Hall by nigth, a rainy one at that

 

So many mysteries lately, disappearing films, visits from bats and the unearthing of a possible Bronte painting Lots to think about.

Haworth Old Hall – A Great place to stay, read about it HERE

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The Triple the Echo, the Double the Pleasure

Posted in LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, period drama, WATCHED with tags , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by echostains

Now usually, there’s absolutely nothing worth watching on the TV, but then just like the proverbial buses – TWO turn up at the same time lol!  That’s not strictly true: I got to watch both films completely, they didn’t overlap.  The films I am taking about though are pretty old films and I have seen them before, but that didn’t stop me enjoying them all over again.

Triple Echo...wait for the ricochet

Triple Echo...wait for the ricochet

Triple Echo was made in 1972 and stars Oliver Reed (yes HIM again) Glenda Jackson and Brian Deacon.  Directed by  Micheal Apted, the film is based on a H. E. Bates novel.  Basically, the plot, set in World War II revolves around Jackson who plays a farmer’s wife whose husband is a POW. She encounters young soldier Deacon and they become lovers.  After his leave is up, Deacon decides he doesn’t want to go back to the army.  Jackson hatches a plan to pass Deacon off as her sister.  So she dresses him up, applies make up and ties his long hair in a headscarf and no one thinks anything about seeing him/her helping out on the remote farm as he looks like a land girl.

Triple Echo..wait for the ricochet

Triple Echo..wait for the ricochet

Deacon though soon gets fed up with the claustrophobic atmosphere of the place and the emasculating way that Jackson is now treating him, so the arrival of army sargeant Oliver Reed is greeted with anxiety for Jackson and excitement for Deacon. 

 Macho Reed is very much attracted to Deacon (or ‘Cath’ as Deacon now prefers to be called…..) and  is determined to have his way with her, finding her ‘shyness’ and quietness quite a challenge.

Despite Jackson’s over protectiveness (or perhaps because of it), Reed takes ‘Cath’ to a New Year dance at the army base, where ‘Cath’ soon realises that there will be no brushing off the persistent Reed.  Inevitably, Deacon is found out by Reed in an excruciating  way: chaos and tragedy ensue.  This is not a ‘feelgood’ film: there are a lot of undercurrents which are very strange: lots of contradictions and contrasts which work very well.  I’ve seen this film a few times now and it still fascinates me.

Midnight Cowboy, the odd couple

Midnight Cowboy, the odd couple

The other film ‘Midnight Cowboy’ is perhaps a more well known film.  It stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman (1969).  Voight (Joe) leaves his small town in Texas to make it big as a kept man and gigolo in New York.  Instead he becomes prey to every opportunist, including Rizzo (or ‘Ratzo’ as he becomes known), who swindles him out of the last of his money. 

MidnightCowboy, only one of them made it

MidnightCowboy, only one of them made it

 Crippled Ratzo and cowboy Joe become a double act, without much success in the cash stakes.  They become dependant on each other and after spending the winter in an abandoned building, decide to go to Florida into the sun and hopefully, a better way of life.  We never get to find out if Joe makes it big, I suspect not though.  Poor Ratzo doesn’t make it, dieing on the coach: the Florida sun shining on his face.  It is a sad and poignant film, and in places quite touching.  The flashbacks are a bit disturbing.  This film was the only X rated film to win a Best Picture Oscar, and no wonder!  Voigt and Hoffman are outstanding.

My review of the Oliver Reed book ‘Evil Spirits’