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‘Watched: ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Bronte’

Posted in BRONTE BITES, period drama, WATCHED with tags , , , , on January 11, 2010 by echostains

The tenant of wildfell hall

I received 3 Bronte DVD’s for Christmas.  All were BBC adaptations – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’.  Of course, I have seen these before when they were shown – or so I’d thought.  ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ starring Tara Fitzgerald, Toby Stephens and Rupert Graves is a highly enjoyable tale of intrigue, cruelty and adventure (it goes without saying that there’s a love interest..).  I must confess to never having  actually finished reading ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Bronte.  Every time I have started this book something has happened, in fact the only version I have of it is in that really tiny print that makes my head spin and my eyes cross!  I shall really have to rectify this (Dr my eyes) and get a better version.  In fact I have just decided that I will re read it and although I didn’t managed to finish it – I shall substitute it for ‘The Magus’ by John Fowles for my Flashback Challenge.  I wonder if this is allowed?  Well it is now lol!

anne bronte

Back to the story.  What a remarkable writer Anne Bronte was – quite underrated really.  The tale relates how a cruelly treated wife with an independent spirit is treated by society.  Her loyalty to her dastardly husband is admirable – and he just doesn’t deserve it.  But Helen Graham (Tara Fitzgerald) is no doormat.  Everything she does, she does in her child’s interest.   It is the son that her husband (Rupert Graves) is interested in – what can she do, but follow him try to protect the little boy and prevent him from being corrupted by his cruel father.

Anne's scarborough grave

Helen Graham is a great heroine and played very well by Fitzgerald.  To actually leave her husband and live independently by painting landscapes in Victorian England shows great courage.  It is so sad to see her love for her husband dwindle away into pity and duty as he is dieing.  The contrast between the early love (before the scales have dropped from her eyes) and her sense of duty is quite affecting.  She does get her reward though.  He comes in the guise of a handsome young farmer Gilbert Markham (Toby Stephens) whose tenacity finally pays off.

This is no straight forward tale though.  The tale is told in three parts; the first being Markham’s perspective, next from Helen’s diary (read by Markham) and the last part tells about Helen’s  forced return to her husband and what happens when she does.

Anne is buried at Scarborough, her favorite place.  I have a picture of her grave somewhere

‘A small start to a New Year’

Posted in CHRISTMAS, DESIGN, period drama, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB, WATCHED with tags , , on January 2, 2010 by echostains

I'll be sorry to say goodbye to 165 Eaton Place

A New Year and a new start.  What a fabulous time we had at last nights party…and what a hangover.  The Star Inn was completely packed out and everyone was in the party mood.  But now it’s time to get down to some normality: business as usual.  To be truthful, I’ll be glad to get back into some sort of routine,that does not  include spending money. Already I’ve cut back on the rich food and immediately feel a whole lot better.  Went out for my usual walk which I haven’t done for a few days.  It was freezing cold and at one point  the sun was shining and whilst it was trying to snow!  I just hope it’s not icy tomorrow as that could really scupper my plans.  I’m still ploughing through my ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ DVDs (the 5th series) and really savouring them.  As usual I want to watch them one after the other in a mammoth session, but not only is this impractical (about 800 minutes!) the situation is made all the more poignant because once this series has been viewed  –  I will have seen  every episode.  It’s been quite a journey from the television series to videos to DVDs – all episodes seen at different stages.  All except the elusive 5th series……..

‘Wuthering Heights’ ITV 2009 version

Posted in BRONTE BITES, period drama, WATCHED with tags , , , on September 2, 2009 by echostains

wuthering-heights ITV 2009

wuthering-heights ITV 2009

I wasn’t going to watch this, but I managed to get myself entangled with it.  The beginning began with the traveller and the hand normally enough.  Then it seemed to jump forward to the future generation before the main characters had been established.  To me, this seemed confusing.  It then seemed to go backwards to tell the tale of how Heathcliff was adopted into the Earnshaw family etc.

Did I like it?  Tom Hardy as Heathcliff, I thought rather good, as was Charlotte Riley’s Yorkshire accent.  There was much confusion to who was who though (apart from the main characters) and a few liberties taken with the story.  Why do they always try to sex these tales up?  They don’t NEED it!  As for Nellie Dean, well all I can say dear is that there’s an old Mill by the stream………..  this sounds more like Branwell’s humour than Emily’s lol!