Sunday, October 4, 2015
Wuthering Heights (1939)
Today's film is Wuthering Heights. It's a romantic drama about the impossibility of true love and how it tears two people apart. It was filmed in California, and they planted thousands of heather flowers in a field so it would look like England.
The story is about Cathy, who grew up in a huge house named Wuthering Heights. Her father brings home an abandoned gypsy boy named Heathcliff to live with them. Cathy's brother wastes no time telling him what he thinks of him, and they will never be equals. When their father dies, he won't even allow him to mourn with the rest of the family and turns him out to be a stableboy.
It may have been filmed in California, but it is a very British film. it focuses on themes of class and love. Cathy has loved Heathcliff her whole life, but eventually rejects him because he's "beneath" her. Money and stability are more important than love, so she marries a rich neighbor. Heathcliff leaves for America and comes back a rich man. First thing he does is buy Wuthering Heights! He lets his "brother" live there with him, who can't afford to stay anywhere else now that he's wasted all the time.
Heathcliff may be back, but Cathy's not going to leave her husband for an old flame. Heathcliff still loves her, and starts dating her sister in law in order to get close to her. He ends up marrying her sister in law. But he will never love her the same way that he loves Cathy. Then, Cathy gets sick and dies. The movie ends with Heathcliff, who is still married by the way, walking outside of Wuthering Heights with the ghost of Cathy. So I guess they kind of ended up toghter. I will give this film a 6/10.