The story of unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Cathy who, despite a deep affection for one another, are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live their apart. Heathcliff and Cathy first meet as children when her father brings the abandoned boy to live with them.
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"I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul. "
Laurence Olivier gives it some welly in this fine adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel. The is unashamedly classic Hollywood in its execution & design and all the better for it! A superb combination of quality melodrama and expressionistic shadows. It may never threaten as a realist drama, but it certainly captivates the madness of those lonely nights on the moors.
The direction and photography is good, but by its holy appendages, the script annoys me. I assume it follows the original book overdramatisation. Revenge, banishment, impossible loves, death... Too much.
I'm torn between whether I prefer "Oh, Heathcliff!" to "Oh, ASHLEY!" as far as grand romances go. A linear flashback, some fine, appropriately theatrical acting and swooping cinematography. Perhaps dated for the filthy minded cynics who'd solve the moral dilemma at the heart of this with a vaguely-concealed affair (me). Still produces a little tear though.
"I will let you hold my hand . . . Underneath my fan..." oh!