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Wuthering Heights

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Andrea Arnold's take on Emily Brontë’s classic

Andrea Arnold’s decision to cast black actors (James Howson and Solomon Glave) as Heathcliff ensured this umpteenth adaptation of Emily Brontë’s doomed-love classic wouldn’t go unnoticed.

But it’s a radical film for more elemental reasons. Arnold approaches the story not as a literary prestige piece but as neo-realist study of rugged rural life, ditching melodrama for mood.

The result is stunningly evocative, with Arnold’s sensual, handheld style bringing a tangible feel for the wind-blasted moors – and even the actors’ (many non-pro) gaucheness is true to Brontë’s raw emotion.

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