January 20, 2017

Wuthering Heights

I've always been a huge fan.  But ever since the latest version came out, featuring Kyla Scodelario and James Howson, I've been obsessed.  I've been waiting for years for the latest remake onscreen but didn't watch it in the theaters because it got bad reviews so I just waited for it on cable.  It's not one of the best versions I've seen but it is quite different and very raw.  I must have watched it over 20 times!  I loved Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave as the young Cathy and Heathcliff whose performances were outstanding in the movie.  They had more chemistry than the older Kyla and James who looked totally different from their younger counterparts.  And a black Heathcliff?  Just wasn't right. Sorry.

My first taste of WH was the original with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.  I think that was the best version followed by Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.  Too bad O and O's version did not include  the story of the second generation.  After watching F and B's version, I truly thought that the producer made up the story of the second generation, not knowing that it was Emily Bronte's original writing. The woman was a genius!  I would have loved to see Laurence Olivier portray the evil Heathcliff, totally destroying every character in the movie. 

Did you know that Vivien Leigh was originally chosen to play Cathy over Merle Oberon?  Studio executives thought the part should not go to an unknown actress in the US.  Leigh was chosen to play Isabella but she turned down the role and a year later, won an Oscar for her performance in Gone With the Wind.  Leigh and Olivier were also engaged during the filming of WH. 

I'm currently reading the novel.  It's a difficult read as are every novel whose setting is in the 18th century.  I wonder if there's an easier version out there.  Miss Bronte would turned in her grave!

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The original Cathy and Heathcliff (Olivier & Oberon) at their favorite spot in Peninstone Crags.


Fiennes and Binoche at their spot but not quite Peninstone Crags.

Wuthering Heights - Solomon Glave as the young Heathcliff & Shannon Beer as the young Cathy

Beer and Glave as the young Heathcliff and Cathy walking the moors. Outstanding performance.

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You deserve to die! You killed us both!

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I love my murderer!

You broke my heart. You killed me.

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