Wuthering Heights (1939)
|Top Genres||Drama, Film Adaptation, Romance|
|Top Topics||Book-Based, Brother Sister, England, Revenge, Romance (Drama)|
Wuthering Heights Overview:
Wuthering Heights (1939) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Emily Brontė published in 1847.
Classic Hollywood's most enduring romance is a sumptuously rendered adaptation of Bronte's 1847 novel. The story of eternal lovers Cathy and Heathcliff (Oberon and Olivier) begins in their childhood. Gypsy boy Olivier and manor-born Oberon become playmates and soul mates as they spend the years frolicking in their imaginary castle among the heather. As they grow to adulthood, jealousy drives Olivier away and ambition drives Oberon into the arms of Niven. Olivier returns a wealthy man, but possessed of a desire for revenge. Knowing Oberon loves him, he lovelessly marries Niven's sister (Fitzgerald), dooming them both to lives of bitterness. But the lovers are reconciled and make a pact to be together for eternity as Oberon slips into death. Beautifully photographed by Toland, with Wyler's characteristic care in composition and performances.
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Wuthering Heights was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2007.
Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Laurence Olivier||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Geraldine Fitzgerald||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||James Basevi||Nominated|
|Best Director||William Wyler||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Samuel Goldwyn Productions||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht||Nominated|
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Heathcliff: Catherine! Catherine! Catherine!
Isabella: If Cathy died... I might begin to live.
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Producer Samuel Goldwyn felt that script was too dark for a romance movie, so he asked several writers to do a rewrite on the script, including a young John Huston, who said that the script needed no rewrite, it was perfect as it was.
Laurence Olivier found himself becoming increasingly annoyed with William Wyler's exhausting style of film-making. After yet another take, he is said to have exclaimed, "For God's sake, I did it sitting down. I did it with a smile. I did it with a smirk. I did it scratching my ear. I did it with my back to the camera. How do you want me to do it?" Wyler's retort was, "I want it better."
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