7 ~ Wuthering Heights

11 Jan

With the current flux of hollywood remakes, it is time for Hollywood to reamke this classic. However there has been many made (poorly) and even though today’s adaptation would not compare to the 1939 classic starring Lawrence Olivier and Merle Oberon, it would be good to see this tragic love story re-told.

One of the best films ever made, and a classic William Wyler directed movie earning eight Academy Award nominations in one of the most hotly-contested years ever – often called “the greatest year in motion picture history.” Wuthering Heights is considered one of Hollywood’s all-time most romantic/drama classics. Filmed beautifully, it is the first film dramatization of Emily Bronte’s passionate 1847 best-selling literary masterpiece.

This is by far Merle Oberon’s best work in her entire film career, and it established Lawrence Olivier as a dashing, leading international film star (he was nominated as Best Actor for his role). And it brought Vivien Leigh (who was engaged to Olivier at the time) to Hollywood where she met David O. Selznick and tested – successfully – for the role of Scarlett O’Hara.

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