Good until the End

        This essay will address the film adaptation of Emily BrontŽís 1847 Wuthering Heights, directed in 1939 by William Wyler. I thought that this version of the book was well done. I know that the movie is a lot shorter and left out a lot of the book, but that was necessary to make a film to movie adaptation.

        I really like that the man who played Heathcliff, Laurence Olivier, was very good in his role. He portrayed the hard-hearted character very well in comparison to the book. I also thought that Merle Oberon did a good job of playing Catherine. I think that both the book and the movie did a fine job of showing the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff. Heathcliff's eventual hatred of Catherine is especially shown well through Olivierís acting. His attitude toward his wife, Isabella (Geraldine Fitzgerald), was portrayed in a very convincing way. I would have actually thought that Olivier hated his co-stars. He brings the arrogance and smugness of Heathcliff to the screen very well.

        I liked how the film makers brought the book to life with the use of the moors. When I was reading the book, I was not really sure how to picture them. Watching the movie clarified it for me well. I also thought that the different manors that are described in the book are depicted very well in the movie. I especially liked the manor that the Lintons and eventually Catherine lived in. It was very elegant and showed the wealth that the Lintonís had without actually having to state it.

        The one thing that I did not like about the movie was the ending. I thought that the ending where Catherine and Heathcliff go walking off into the sky was a bad way to finish the movie. It leaves the audience to question if Heathcliff had actually died or not. I thought also that it was very corny and there had to be a better way to end the movie. I do not blame William Wyler at all for refusing to film the end of the movie.

Megan McKinney