Wuthering Heights: Shining Cinematography

        Emily BrontŽís 1847 Wuthering Heights is a novel originally, then later adapted into a film in 1939 by William Wyler. In this film adaptation, there are many differences and some similarities. This is, however, done tastefully in its change to moving picture. The story seems like a simple love story at first, but it is quickly altered into a more revenge-based drama. The plot twists and other story telling techniques make the film pretty good on the whole but the film really shines in its cinematography.

        The tone of the film starts as a happy go lucky kind of run, but not fifteen minutes into the film the viewers come to understand how dark and secretive the love story really is. It stays this way all the way until the end. Some of the darkness of the film is displayed by the main character, Heathcliff (played by Laurence Oliver). Basically, he (as a child depicted by Rex Downing) gets wronged at the beginning of the movie and he sets out on a quest for vengeance. He does this by becoming a rich gentleman and causing the source of his hurt and great pain, Cathy (portrayed by Merle Oberon), by marrying her sister-in-law Isabella (played by Geraldine Fitzgerald).

        Gregg Tolandís cinematography of this film is, however, my favorite part about it. Some of the early scenes depict the main characters out in the moors riding horses and climbing a large rock. These scenes look really intense and somewhat epic like a Peter Jackson film. Some of the later scenes are very well done such as the snow outside and some parts of the blizzard. The best part about it all is the actual building of Wuthering Heights. It grows right along with the characters. As they become more dark characters, so does the manor.

        On the whole I enjoyed the film. It was a nice change of pace from a stereotypical romance and actually told a compelling story. A lot of people said that they had read this in high school. I did not, but I am glad I did not. It turned out to be a much more complex tale that I would not have understood. After watching it now, I can understand the tales true meaning.

Levi Jones