A New ‘Wuthering Heights,’ From Andrea Arnold – NYTimes.com

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A New ‘Wuthering Heights,’ From Andrea Arnold – NYTimes.com

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The young Heathcliff (Solomon Glave) and Cathy (Shannon Beer) in Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights.”

WITH more than a dozen film versions, Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” is something of a cultural touchstone for ill-fated love. The title alone conjures up images of a brooding Heathcliff and a delicate Cathy clinging to each other or suffering alone on the Yorkshire moors. For many fans, the characters are synonymous with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in the 1939 movie. And yet, at least when it comes to screen adaptations, the novel may be the most misunderstood book of all time.

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