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New Trailer for Andrea Arnold's Gorgeous & Cruel 'Wuthering Heights'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 11, 2012 at 2:12PM

The latest from Andrea Arnold, the director behind "Wasp," "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," is an unexpected take on Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights." As with her previous works, the film is visceral and naturalistic, with Robbie Ryan providing startlingly gorgeous and effective cinematography that provides intimate access into Heathcliff and Cathy's vicious love...
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Wuthering Heights
Solomon Glave and Shannan Beer in 'Wuthering Heights'

The latest from Andrea Arnold, the director behind "Wasp," "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," is an unexpected take on Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights." As with her previous works, the film is visceral and naturalistic, with Robbie Ryan providing startlingly gorgeous and effective cinematography that provides intimate access into Heathcliff and Cathy's vicious love and the cruel English moors (he won Venice's Best Cinematography award, where the film premiered).

In the latest edition of Film Comment, Arnold says she never wanted to do a period film, but "once the idea was presented to me, [she] became posessed." The project had been in development, but once she boarded she "pretty much started from scratch," rewriting and recasting it. She adds, "I think it was accepted that it was going to be my concept." And it's quite a concept, bold and uncompromising in its direction.

Watch the new trailer below. The film debuts October 12 in New York and Los Angeles. We caught it at the Seattle Int'l Film Fest.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.