Wuthering Heights

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

Luis Bunuel's long-planned version of Emily Bronte's novel (the screenplay was written some 20 years before the film was made, but no backer could be found), a favorite work of the Surrealists, shifts the setting from the English moors to a small Mexican estate and turns Heathcliff into Alejandro (Jorge Mistral) and Cathy into Catalina (Irasema Dilian)....read more

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Luis Bunuel's long-planned version of Emily Bronte's novel (the screenplay was written some 20 years before the film was made, but no backer could be found), a favorite work of the Surrealists, shifts the setting from the English moors to a small Mexican estate and turns Heathcliff into

Alejandro (Jorge Mistral) and Cathy into Catalina (Irasema Dilian). As the Spanish title implies, the lovers fall into an "abyss of passion"--a place where love exists above and beyond all else. Unlike Hollywood's sanitized backlot version of Bronte, Bunuel's reworking is rooted in the darker

aspects of love. The film opens with a slow-motion image of crows as they scatter from a twisted, leafless tree, frightened by an off-screen gunshot. This image of death and decay hangs over the film. The film is flawed (the acting is flatter than usual, the emphasis is overly literary), but it is

one of the most passionate and expressionistic works of Bunuel's Mexican period, featuring an ending as brilliant as anything ever accomplished by a surrealist artist.

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