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Wuthering Heights


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  Wuthering Heights Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.59 /10
 
Starring
Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven
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Directed by: William Wyler
Written by: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur from Emily Bronte's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1939
   
Genre: DRAMA
ROMANCE
COSTUME
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 104
 
 


 
The daughter of a respectable middle-class family (Merle Oberon, pictured left) chooses to marry the lord of the manor (David Niven) rather than the stableboy (Laurence Olivier, pictured right) whom she really loves.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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William Wyler's solid, respectful version of the Bronte classic only reaches chapter 17 and loses most of the sexual passion, replacing it with High Romance; but the actors perform with gusto, and this remains the best (though hardly definitive) version. It's said to have been producer Sam Goldwyn's favourite of all his films, and it's notable for its lavish but atmospheric production (art director James Basevi and composer Alfred Newman were Oscar-nominated). The best aspect remains Gregg Toland's Academy Award-winning camerawork. It was voted 4th best film of the year in The Film Daily’s annual poll of US film critics.


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