Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is her only novel and was published in 1847. This playlist consists of 5 film adaptations from 1939 to 2009, 1 full audiobook, and a summary and critical analysis.
Wuthering Heights is the name of the manor that this story of passionate love, revenge and cruelty play out. A vengeful man who was ill-treated, humiliated, and lost his love sought revenge against those who wronged him including their off-springs.
I find all the characters in the first generation immature and their actions and words destructive. In the end, they hurt themselves and their children.
Fortunately, the children were able to let go of the hurt, bitterness and find peace. Catherine Linton and Hareton Earnshaw are the victors in this cautionary tale. Their ability to rise above their pain brought light to Wuthering Heights.
1939 Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon
This 1939 film version told only half the story. It ends with the death of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff joins her years later. The stories of the children and Heathcliff’s interactions with them were omitted. So, it stayed as a tragic romantic film sans the dark cruelty.
1950 Charlton Heston and Mary Sinclair
Studio One, originally a radio dramatic anthology series, turned into a live television broadcast. It became a instant classic. It showcased many plays including Wuthering Heights. Charlton Heston plays Heathcliff with Mary Sinclair as Catherine Earnshaw and broadcasted on 30 October 1950.
1970 Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall
Lous Heyward, the producer of the film said this,
“The last version, with Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as Cathy, portrayed him as a regular nice guy and her as sweetness and light. That was not the truth and Hollywood now goes in for the truth. Heathcliff was a bastard and Cathy a real bitch and that’s how they’ll be in this film.”
Glad I wasn’t the only one to feel the same.
1978 Ken Hutchison and Kay Adshead
This is a 1978 British film adaptation originally broadcast as a 5-part mini series. The first adaptation to contain the whole novel including the story of the next generation.
1992 Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche
Produced by Paramount Pictures and directed by Peter Kosminsky.
This film also includes the story of the younger generation with Juliette Binoche playing both mother and daughter.
I found the entire film in a Youtube playlist that has 12 parts.
1998 Robert Cavanah and Orla Brady
This is a television film directed by David Skynner. I am just surprised by the appearance of Peter Davison as Joseph Lockwood and Matthew Macfadyen as Hareton Earnshaw.
2009 Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley
This 2-part television series was first broadcast in 2009. I find this version similar to the 1998 one. A little trivial. 2 of the actors here later starred in The Walking Dead although in different seasons: Andrew Lincoln and Tom Payne.
Wuthering Heights Audiobook
Character Chart, Summary & Themes
Do you have to read Wuthering Heights for school? You have my sympathy. I hope this playlist helps you work out the themes, characters, plots more easily.
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