- William Wyler
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Monday, February 18, 2002
Loving adaptation of the famous Emily Brontë novel of doomed love, this one is undoubtedly the most characteristic and prettiest of all, featuring astonishing photography by Gregg Toland and a gorgeous score by Alfred Newman. The cast is perfect, with Laurence Olivier a good-looking but deadly passionate Heathcliff, Merle Oberon his worldly soul mate Cathy. David Niven is perfectly cast as Edgar, the suffering neighbor. His innocent sister, Isabella, is portrayed to perfection by Geraldine Fitzgerald.
Gothic and dramatic, this Hollywood classic centers in the story of Heathcliff and Cathy and completely eliminates the existence of their children from the novel. However, the film is perfectly written, interpreting Heathcliff as a suffering soul rather than a revengeful one. The only other drastic change from the novel is the fate of Isabella, which in a way improves the impact of her character in the movie. Heathcliff’s fate is unforgettable, as are most scenes he shares with Cathy.
Ghostly, moody, beautiful.
“Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! Take any form! Drive me mad! I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul!”
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