“Heathcliff, don’t break my heart.”

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“Oh Cathy, I never broke your heart. You broke it! …You wandered off like a wanton, greedy child to break your heart and mine.

Monday evening two friends and I headed North to the ultra gaudy Beverly Hills, home to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see Wuthering Heights (Wyler, 1939) which is a part of the Academy’s current film series: Hollywood’s Greatest Year – The Best Picture Nominees of 1939.

The film started at 7:30pm and we got there around 7:15pm, so we had some time to check out the displays in the lobby.

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As you can probably tell, these pics were taken with my iPhone. I left my camera in the car. Doh! Oh well. Here, Kendra (probably the biggest Laurence Olivier fan under the age of 50) stands next to the french poster for Wuthering Heights.

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Here, Kendra gives her thumbs up next to a photo display for the film. She was excited! So was I! The costume sketches were great.

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Our $3 (with student ID) not only got us entry to see this wonderful film in the gorgeous theatre, but we also received this great program with fun behind the scenes information about Wuthering Heights.

We eventually found our way into the theater and it was PACKED! The screening began with a vintage Mickey Mouse cartoon which co-starred the always funny Pluto. Then an introduction was given by some guy who’s name I can’t remember. Next, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. came up to the stage to share with us the story of how his father (who produced this film) got a hold of this script by chance. One day he saw writer Ben Hecht moping around the studio and asked him what was wrong. Apparently his (and co-writer Charles MacArthur’s) adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Wuthering Heights was not being well received by studio heads. They were saying that it was too morbid. So Mr. Goldwyn read the script, and luckily for us, he loved it! It was nice of Mr. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. to share that story with us. We also had the privelege of seeing a 40 second behind the scenes clip of the cast and crew on location in Thousand Oaks, California where they filmed the cliff scenes. Very neat.

I don’t think I have the words to adequately express how fabulous this film is. This is the first time I’ve sat through the entire film and paid full attention. I’ve seen it probably 5 or 6 times before this, but always half-watching while working on my laptop. The acting in this film is top notch. The same cinematographer who shot Citizen Kane also shot this film. The costumes evolved beautifully throughout the film and supplemented the storytelling. Olivier is really intense as Heathcliff… but when is he not intense? I thought David Niven as Edgar was absolutely dreamy. I told Kendra that I thought he was more attractive than Olivier in this film and she responded “FAIL.” Haha. Lastly, I thought Merle Oberon played Cathy well. Cathy was such a bitch!

I highly recommend this film, if you have not had the pleasure of seeing and experiencing it already. If you enjoy romantic dramas, I guarantee you will appreciate this film.

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8 Comments

  1. catooey
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    cathy was annoying… her bipolar personality put me to sleep.

    now i see why kenny thinks larry is so dreamy.

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  2. Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    what do you mean, “it put me to sleep.” hahaha. you were snoring already during the opening credits! :)

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  3. catooey
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    biatch!!! haha

    Yes, I admit. I fell asleep and was snoring after watching the first 20 mins. And NO, I did NOT fall asleep during the opening credits. Give me some credit, will ya?

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  4. Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    haha. fine FINE! You were awake for the beginning and the end. That’s pretty good!

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  5. Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I just love that Larry and David Niven were actually BFFs in real life! I don’t know where I read it–probably in The Moon’s a Balloon by David Niven (highly recommended because it’s hilarious)–but David and Larry used to play kind of deviant pranks on Merle Oberon during filming that involved 1930s sanitary belts, LOL. Also, David and Merle used to date in the mid 1930s. In conclusion, I LOVE David Niven, but you know me, I might be Larry’s #1 fan period!

    This was also the first time I’d seen the movie and payed attention to all of the dialog, and it’s one of my favorite films ever, lol. FAIL. :D

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  6. Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    PS http://www.vivandlarry.com/main.php

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  7. Posted June 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    wooo! <3

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  8. Posted June 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    hey lady, do you have photos of you and cathy at this event that you’d let me put in my site gallery?

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