Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1992. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Anne Devlin, based on the novel by Emily Bronte.Cinematography by Mike Southon.Produced by Mary Selway. Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto. Production Design by Brian Morris. Costume Design by James Acheson. Film Editing by Tony Lawson.
Emily Bronte’s classic novel comes to life in this hauntingly beautiful adaptation by director Peter Kosminsky. Heathcliff is a poor young orphan who is adopted into the home of a widower and his two children, treated as a servant by his new brother Hindley and becoming the beloved of sister Cathy. When their father dies, Hindley puts Heathcliff to work in the stables, but he and Cathy stay mad about each other into their adult years. Cathy (Juliette Binoche) continues to have passion for him, but the lure of the sweet life her wealthy neighbour offers her is too much for a young girl to resist, and she marries him, prompting Heathcliff (Ralph Fiennes) to go off in search of his fortune in order to enact his revenge upon the world that mistreated him so. Fiennes’ moody, monotonous performance is meant to keep in line with Bronte’s often misinterpreted anti-hero, a devil of a man who only has destruction on his mind following a life lived with a broken heart. Binoche gives weight to the usually airy role of Cathy, while Janet McTeer shines as her loving but practical nurse. Narrated by Sinéad O’Connor, dressed in period garb as Bronte herself, and skilfully faithful to the novel as well as thrifty in its pacing.