Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

DVD - 2009
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The love affair of Heathcliff and Cathy ends when Cathy marries wealthy Edgar which results in Heathcliff vowing revenge.
Publisher: [South Burlington, Vt.] : WGBH Boston Video, [2009]
ISBN: 9781593758967
1593758960
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Wuthe 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 06, 2017

Having seen the 1939 version decades ago, I viewed this Masterpiece Theatre version because Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors. This new version had a lot of sex, treachery, revenge, lust, hate, etc which probably had to be cut from the 1939 version to pass the Hays Code censorship. I could have used subtitles to help distinguish some of Hardy's mumbling, a la Brando. A little research indicated that the 1939 version was considered to be quite good, but most Oscar awards went to "Gone with the Wind," "Wizard of Oz," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Good-Bye Mr. Chips," and "Stagecoach." A very tough year to win Oscars.

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jacinthabrown
Jul 13, 2017

Tom Hardy is brilliantly cast to play the brooding, cruel Heathcliff who is driven to madness by his obsession with his childhood sweetheart Catherine. Set in the windy moors of England, the tale unfolds with precision in this compelling, if not superior, adaptation of the classic Bronte novel. Not your stereotypical love story, but this is the very reason this haunting tale has been retold time and time again throughout the ages.

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dlh1
Mar 30, 2017

I read the book about a month ago and then watched the 1939 movie. I thought that it really didn't do the book justice, so then I watched this 2009 Masterpiece Classic version. This followed the book more closely, but without the narrator. I'm happy that I re-read the book, because this theatrical version would have been hard to follow otherwise. I found that the younger versions of Heathcliff and Cathy looked nothing like their adult counterparts. The older Heathcliff, other than having dark hair, looked nothing like a gypsy (where was the dark skin?). The older Cathy had very dark hair, which would be unlikely with the fair-haired girl that played the younger version. Also, there was very little "ageing" done to the actors that played Heathcliff and Nelly. A little gray hair and some wrinkles would have helped the viewer to differentiate between these characters as older adults compared to their younger selves. Joseph's language was much easier to understand than in the book. I personally didn't find Tom Hardy very believable as Heathcliff, so couldn't see why Catherine would love him. All in all, this adaptation of the book was actually more enjoyable than the book itself. It was less gloomy and tormented. I found the book to be highly over-rated, and less of a love story than a demented view of a couple of star-crossed lunatics.

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ba_library
Jan 18, 2017

Only made it through the first half hour. For me, the actors were wrong - going to borrow the early version with Laurence Olivier - the classic one!

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CrochetCat374
Jul 26, 2015

I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of the book, but I really like this Masterpiece Classics adaptation of Wuthering Heights. While the story is still darkly passionate and dramatic, the movie tones down a lot of the outright violence and constant grimness that made the book unpalatable for me. The soundtrack is gorgeous as well.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

A classic story than is unrivaled for wrinkles in any era. Masterpiece Theater once again sticks to to the book as well as possible for those who refuse to a MUST!

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Monolith
Dec 23, 2013

I reeeally enjoyed this Masterpiece Classic interpretation. Tom Hardy dominates as the emotionally/spiritually/physically tortured Heathcliff -- forever denied his obsession. Great chemistry between he and Charlotte Riley; beautiful moor cinematography; haunting score... Loved it. FIVE STARS.

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akirakato
Jul 08, 2013

The 1939 American version directed by William Wyler gave me such a big impact that the 2009 version seems tatally obscure and vague.
In the 1939 version, a traveler named Lockwood (Miles Mander) is caught in the snow and stays at the estate of Wuthering Heights, despite the cold behavior of his aged host, Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier).
Late that night, after being shown into an upstairs room that was once a bridal chamber, Lockwood is awakened by a cold draft and finds the window shutter flapping back and forth.
Just as he is about to close it, he feels an icy hand clutching his and sees a woman outside calling, "Heathcliff, let me in! I'm out on the moors. It's Cathy!"
Lockwood calls Heathcliff and tells him what he saw, whereupon the enraged Heathcliff throws him out of the room.
As soon as Lockwood is gone, Heathcliff frantically calls out to Cathy, runs down the stairs and out of the house, into the snowstorm.
This part is misssing from the 2009 version.
The 1939 version omits any mention of Cathy's daughter and Heathcliff's son, both of whom play a major role in the last portion of the 2009 version.
In the 1939 version, neither Heathcliff nor Cathy has any children.
Since I haven't read the novel, the last part of the 2009 version really puzzles me.
I like the 1939 version better than the 2009 film.
In any case, the story still ramains one of the greatest romances of all time.

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AKesek
Dec 19, 2012

Amazing! I loved this movie so much that when I brought it back to the library after watching it, I put it on hold again the same night because I decided I really wanted to watch it again. One of my favorite movies for sure!

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mizz_yankee
Sep 20, 2012

Love, Love, Love this movie! So haunting and just sooo tragic!

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Monolith
Dec 23, 2013

Heathcliff (leaning over Cathy's corpse, in her open casket at her wake): "...You said I'd killed you... Haunt me then... be with me always... Take any form; drive me mad -- but don't leave me... In this abyss where I cannot find you... I cannot live without my life... I cannot live without my soul..."

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