Wuthering Heights (1939)
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as Cathy Linton
as Edgar Linton
as Isabella Linton
as Dr. Kenneth
as Ellen Dean
as Hindley Earnshaw
as Judge Linton
as Cathy as a Child
as Heathcliff as a Child
as Hindley as a Child
as Mr. Earnshaw
as Miss Hudkins
as Little Boy
as Little Boy
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as Wedding Guest
Critic Reviews for Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte's novel tells a haunting tale of love and tragedy. Samuel Goldwyn's film version retains all of the grim drama of the book. It's heavy fare throughout.
A lot of reverence has gone into a picture which should have been as coarse as a sewer.
Had there also been an Oscar for best smouldering, Olivier would have walked it.
Audience Reviews for Wuthering Heights
With a gorgeous cinematography that uses strong black-and-white contrasts, this is an absorbing classic that eschews most of the crushing darkness and evil found in Bronté's novel (to be more accessible to the public) and yet manages to move us with its own dramatic power.
Wuthering Heights is the 1939 adaptation of the Emily Bronte novel by the same name. A lost stranger comes to the broken down estate of Wuthering Heights, lost in the moors. He's put up by the hostile Heathcliff, and during the night sees a ghost. He's then told the tale of the ghost, and how it came to be. Olivier's Heathcliff is filled with nothing but impotent rage as he lashes out at the upper class which he oh-so-briefly had a taste of. His beloved Cathy isn't interested in becoming a stable boy's wife, even if she does love Heathcliff. It's a story that starts off with the promise of romance but ends on a bitterly cynical note. I get the feeling the film doesn't do justice to the novel (even having never read the novel), with it's somewhat shallow performances and a lack of exposition or character development. I was surprised to learn the role of Heathcliff was performed by the venerable Sir Laurence Olivier, it was a performance that seemingly could've been done by any reasonably handsome actor of his day. The "film" aspect of the film however, is outstanding: lighting, sets, costumes, and direction are all top notch (and I really hate to mislead, the performances are great for their day), but it's the original material that makes this film so worthwhile, rather than any contributions the filmmakers make.
my only excuse for having missed on this classic for sooo very many years is that i thought it only a "chick flick". whatta maroon, shame on me. with great writing, direction, and acting par excellence (olivier is to die for - and kathy does, merle oberon's death scene is stroke for stroke gloria swanson's last scene in "sunset boulevard", and flora robson finally gets some r-e-s-p-e-c-t in a movie!) by the entire cast, this old story hinged upon class warfare ("we're better than you!" "no you're not!" yah-hoo! ah luv it!) is as fresh as the day they thunk it.
Wuthering Heights Quotes
|Catherine Earnshaw:||I am Heathcliff.|
|Heathcliff:||I didn't break your heart, Cathy, you did. And mine.|
|Catherine Earnshaw:||No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me -- now -- standing on this hill with you. This is me, forever.|