Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Wuthering, wuthering, wuthering heights

If William Wyler's 1939 production of Wuthering Heights had been in colour, it probably would have looked a bit like this.

Heather Little Moor, originally uploaded by grahamramsden52.

, originally uploaded by marcinéma.

Heather , originally uploaded by grahamramsden52.

Covered, originally uploaded by erik.drost.

IMDb claims the producers had real heather imported from England to make the California landscape used in the film make more like authentic "Brontëesque" moors. I don't know if it's true, but it does sound like one of those romantically outlandish Old Hollywood-tidbits of information.

In a departure from the novel, there is an afterlife scene in which we see Heathcliff and Cathy walking hand in hand, visiting their favorite place, Penistone Crag. Wyler hated the scene and didn't want to do it but Samuel Goldwyn vetoed him on that score. Goldwyn subsequently claimed, "I made "Wuthering Heights", Wyler only directed it."

Cathy: Heathcliff, make the world stop right here. Make everything stop and stand still and never move again. Make the moors never change and you and I never change.
Heathcliff: The moors and I will never change. Don't you, Cathy.
Cathy: I can't. I can't. No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me now; standing on this hill with you. This is me forever.


Kat said...

Ugh, I love "Wuthering Heights"! I think Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier both look so stunning in the film. And I love how you reimagined it in color with those gorgeous shots of the English landscape!

vanina said...

i really love finding nature-y pictures on flickr, and i think heather is such a sweet overlooked flower/plant that i went looking for photos of it and as soon as i saw that top photo i immediately thought of laurence and merle standing on that balcony, haha, it's just how my brain works :/ happy birthday, sweet kat! xx