Wuthering Heights (1939)
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Entirely impeccable, I say. Superb and beautiful film which far outshines Gone With the Wind, and is my favorite film from the famous year of 1939. I consider it to be the pinnacle of cinematic romantic drama. I am adding it to my favorites - and neither the ending or Oberon keep me from it. A flawless film.
This is a beautiful movie. Doesn't quite cover the whole book, but the acting, design and camera work are all impeccable. Ever notice how big Olivier was? He's so good he can play someone small and look small doing it, but in this he looks enormous!
It did not work for me. The cruelty of heathcliff was not even shown aside from a few phrases and a short slapping of Cathy and Cathy was merely depicted as an innocent girl in love with a stable girl rather than the wicked madwoman she really was. Decent cinematography and acting though, but the adaptation was a complete mess otherwise.
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This movie ranks #15 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #15 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #103 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #130 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #231 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #257 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #479 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #719 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #988 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #1023 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life