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Masterpiece: Wuthering Heights
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Emily Brontë’s timeless tale of love, obsession, and revenge returns in this dark new adaptation. Divided by birth, class, and a jealous brother, Cathy and the mysterious Heathcliff are bound from childhood by a bond that defies convention–even her marriage to a wealthy older man. Only a mystery from beyond the grave can threaten their love. Starring Orla Brady and Robert Cavanagh.
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The only problem with it is that people try to humanize Heathcliff too much. His character was not as humane as people seem to think. The man was evil in its purest form, and Robert Cavanagh plays him to almost perfection. I'm sorry, I'm a huge fan of Fiennes as well and he was a horrible Heathcliff!
Orla Brady was the only actress that I think portrayed Cathy as she really was. Her ability to go from sunshine to madness in a single facial expression is stunning.
Yes, the movie was choppy. If you haven't read the book, you probably won't understand some of what's going on. You'll get the drift, though. Then again, if you haven't read the book first you're cheating yourself on the real experience. There are some things that irritated me; scenes were played out with an explanation that differed from the novel and didn't have to. And Nelly was too old in the beginning. But you won't find a closer version to the original work than this one.
It is by far the best Masterpiece Theatre movie of 1998.
Aside from this, they also didn't put much consideration into the age continuity. In the novel, Cathy and Heathcliffe are both around 12 when they meet the Lintons. In this film, they skip 10 years altogether and introduce them as adults from the start. Other characters that were cut included Hareton, Cathy Linton, and Linton himself. In fact, the entire second half of the film is as far away from the context of the novel as possible. I dunno, it's just too many faults to list. All I know is that I kept grumbling and shouting "NO! that's not the way it went in the novel!" or "Hey, they said more than that!" I give credit to the director for atleast attempting to make a semi-accurate adaptation...even though he failed miserably. I'm beginning to think that Wuthering Heights really is an IMPOSSIBLE novel to film...or at least film it in a way that can satisfy the true Bronte fans. Maybe if they made it into a mini-series/soap opera...
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This is beautifully filmed, but it is a sad haunting tale. It stays very true to the book.Published on Nov. 8 2005
This is the best version of one of my favorite novels. I wish it was available on DVD; why can't the studios start producing wonderful movies like these on DVD I don't understand. Read morePublished on June 21 2004