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. "
My heart swooned and eyes welled up at parts of this, but Bronte's story suffers from being a love story about the romantic failures of two shitty people who are shitty to each other. The beautiful sentimentality of this adaptation cannot redeem that.
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.