Comparison between Emily Bronte's Wuthering heights- the novel and the .
>film of the novel directed by Peter Kosminsky. .
> The film portrays the same era and setting as Emily Bronte's novel : .
>Yorkshire in the mid 1800s. The main elements chosen by the director were .
>the intensity of the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff, .
>Heathcliffs revenge against Edgar and Isabella Linton and the contrast .
>between the Heights and the Grange (both people and physical surrounds). .
>Keeping the focus on these key elements of the novel translate well into .
>film ,but detract from the overall power of the novel . Many elements in .
>the novel are left out and appear to have lesser concern to the overall .
> The main actors are Juliette Binoche as Catherine Earnshaw /Linton and .
>Ralph Fiennes as Heathcliff whose physical appearance keeps faith with Emily .
>Bronte's description of the characters in the novel . Heathcliff was .
>ruggedly handsome, with cruel features, dark skin and black hair. Catherine .
>, likewise, was captivatingly beautiful and somewhat remote. These two .
>characters contrast strongly to the actors who played Linton and Isabella .
>(Simon Shephard, Sophie Ward) who were pale and soft in comparison , with .
>light hair and soft features. Thus there has been some attempt to portray .
>the wildness and passion which binds catherine and Heathcliff. .
> The opening scene of the film lingers on the vast moors of Yorkshire. .
>There is a view of the plains looking into the distance. There are dark .
>clouds. The music is dark and ominous and gives the viewer an over all .
>feeling of depression and resignation. This is assisted by the choice of .
>Kosminsky's actual portrayal of the H eights - a dark, forbidding gothic .
>building which maintains the spirit of the novel. We are immediately placed .
>in this setting unlike the opening chapters of the book, where this is .
>developed over time.