9 comments on “From Print to Screen: WUTHERING HEIGHTS

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  2. Your insightful comments made me long to reread the book. Though I enjoyed seeing Olivier and Oberon, I didn’t feel they were the Heathcliff and Cathy whom Bronte had created, and now I know why. Thanks for another great movie blog.

    — Susan Dormady Eisenberg, author of THE VOICE I JUST HEARD

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  3. Olivier and Oberon are both stars, and in that way they are right for Cathy and Heathcliff. I have not seen any other movie/TV version of Wuthering Heights, but I am sure that actors unable to project star quality are not going to be up to the task of playing these larger-than-life characters.

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  4. I like these two short summaries ‘She marries Edgar anyway’ and ‘He marries Isabella anyway’ : call it fate or nature, but both Cathy and Heathcliff – just as, as you say, characters of Racine or the long tradition from which he came – clearly try to deny the truth, try to outrun the wind, outrun vengeance.

    I wonder how much Emily’s poetry is read in comparison with Wuthering Heights, and whether there are shorter fragments of hers that might have made another novel. But I’m speculating, because I don’t know how young Enily died, only that sister Charlotte was around longer and could, for good or ill, curate her sisters’ and her memory, just as she ‘massaged’ what was available to Mrs Gaskill’s biography (though Mrs G. carefully kept secrets, too).

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  5. Right about the time I was thinking about this blog, I saw a documentary on the American Dust Bowl disaster of the 1930s, and a quote stuck with me: “We think that either we can control nature or that we can ignore nature. We can do neither.”

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  6. Hi, Lindsay–enjoyed your post. Wuthering Heights (the 1939 version) is one of my favorite movies. I actually think the ending, while Hollywoodized (“They’ve only just begun to live!”) is true to the book, as in the novel there were people who thought they saw Heathcliff walking about with a woman after his death. So maybe he was eternally wandering the moors with Cathy by his side!

    BTW, I think no one could be a more perfect Heathcliff than the young Olivier. “I cannot live without my life. I cannot die without my soul!” Sigh.

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  7. Trudy: Yes, thanks for mentioning that. The ending DID come from the book, though Bronte downplayed it. I don’t know what the story was behind Wyler disowning it.

    That great speech of Olivier’s is almost verbatim from the book. He is an ideal Heathcliff.

    Sent from my iPad

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