Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasión) (1954)
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Critic Reviews for Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasión)
An almost magical example of how an artist of genius can take someone else's classic work and shape it to fit his own temperament without really violating it.
Buñuel's low-budget melodrama has a certain gothic ferocity that's missing in the other versions; the results are mixed, but seldom unworthy of the master.
Gains a power the other screen versions don't have through its unrelenting gothic ruthlessness.
The film's dreary exteriors (the trees without leaves, the buzzards on constant alert) evoke a landscape of spiritual unrest.
Audience Reviews for Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasión)
Hilariously over-the-top. All the principals are controlling bullies or petulant brats, while the servants vainly try to keep everyone acting sensible. One of Bunuel's pet issues is passion that manifests itself as punishment, and that's the dominant theme here, particularly in the form of Alejandro (i.e., Heathcliff), who comes off like an utterly self-absorbed bastard. Best laugh-out-loud line: "this is no time for kissing". A minor work, perhaps, but quite fun for Bunuel fans.
Blow the dust off this and get the biggest bowl of popcorn you can eat you rway through. CLASSIC and CRAZY.
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