Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Video Cassette - 1939
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When Cathy marries the wealthy Edgar, her tortured love affair with Heathcliff ends and Heathcliff's savage retaliation upon the woman he loves explodes in a stunning climax.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 11, 2017

My rating is for the film, not the novel, not the intent of the novel. There is no way that a film could have been made in America in 1939 that would accurately reflect the intent of the novel. The themes of the novel would completely violate the Hays Code and/or the desires of the 1939 film audiences. Audiences of the time demanded great romance and boy did they get it with this film. I am actually shocked that the scene of adulterous love at the end of the film was allowed. This film won the Oscar for best black and white cinematography and also received 7 more Oscar noms. See this version for romance and then see another version like the one with Tom Hardy for the societal travesties that were explored in the novel.

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dlh1
Mar 04, 2017

I read all of the comments of this DVD as well as the other movies and series of the same name. I specifically requested this recording, as it had the best reviews. However, it left out a huge portion of the story (the second generation of characters), and I found the acting to be mediocre at best. I realize that, in the time that it was filmed, it was the best of it's time. It can't stand up to today's standards though, so hopefully, someone will do a remake to do the book justice.

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ThomasJWhiting
Feb 21, 2017

GREAT 1939 tragic romance film. I've never read the book so I can't and don't complain that the film doesn't include everything in the book. The cinematography, acting, etc. are all top notch.

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coasting
Jul 01, 2016

The very best film made of Wuthering Heights, Who knew what brooding thoughts engulfed Emily Bronte when she wrote this book in the mid 1800's. Olivier is the anti-hero of all times, bitter and frustrated, taking it out on all and sundry. Merle Oberon seething with desire under a socialite guise. Lovely!

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readatyeg
Feb 18, 2014

Interesting to see Olivier playing the tormented "bad" guy. I still think he is the best "Mr. Darcy" ever in the Hollywood 1940's version of "Pride and Prejudice" --- yes, they always get the costumes wrong (1865 US civil war era look instead of 1815 when the story is set) but both these films are cinematic and intense. Enjoy!

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Monolith
Oct 21, 2012

In my opinion, Cathy caused all this turmoil. She chose money over love, and I have no sympathy for her ultimate fate. And Heathcliff was a fool... carrying a torch for someone who heartlessly kicked him to the curb -- pathetic. He was also a jerk to Isabella (another fool). Unrequited love. Bah! Olivier, Oberon, Niven, et al: good. Rather bland, but good. (Trivia: John Huston was an uncredited contributing writer on this piece.)

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Laurel01
Dec 29, 2009

It is an old rendition of the Bronte tale but the movie is worth the watching. Sir Laurence Olivier portrays Heathcliff.

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Monolith
Oct 21, 2012

Dr. Kenneth: "Hindley, why don't you hit yourself over the head with a hammer the instant you get up in the morning." Hindley: "Why?" Dr. Kenneth: "Well, if you hit yourself hard enough, you'll remain unconscious the whole day, and achieve virtually the same result as you would from a whole gallon of spirits, with much less wear and tear on the kidneys..."

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Monolith
Oct 21, 2012

Heathcliff: "Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest so long as I live on! I killed you. Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul!"

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