New film adaptations of both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre last year. Yet, whilst these two novels have had multiple film/TV adaptations, the rest of the Brontes works have not received anywhere near the same kind of attention from film and TV producers. Indeed, Villette has only been adapted once - back in 1970 by the BBC. Sadly, it appears as though this production no longer exists in the BBC archives. The only adaptation of Shirley was a 1922 silent movie. Agnes Grey and the The Professor have never been made into a film or for TV. Nevertheless, there have been 2 TV versions of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - the brilliant 1996 BBC production starring Tara Fitzgerald, and the BBC also produced another version in 1968 (the 1968 version is also believed to no longer exist in the BBC archives). Hence, I hope that these other novels gain greater attention from film and TV producers in the future
Jane Eyre (Best Adaptation) - BBC 2006 miniseries starring Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson (cinematically, however, the 2011 film starring Mia Wasikowska is simply stunning)
Wuthering Heights (Best Adaptation) - 1939 film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. Very difficult novel to adapt, and each of the adaptations so far has its faults. However, I think the 1939 film remains the best, closely followed by the 1998 TV movie starring Orla Brady. The 1998 version is more faithful to the book (with the 1939 film omitting a large portion of the novel), but the 1939 film better captures the atmosphere and the dark essence of the novel.
So, which is your favourite Bronte Sisters novel?
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