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Wuthering Heights (1958)

Summary
Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and Catherine fall in love, but she marries a wealthy man, Edgar Linton so Heathcliff becomes obsessed with getting revenge. Nor can he satiate his thirst for revenge, manifested through his own loveless marriage to Edgar's sister Isabella. In this television adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, realism and gothic symbolism combine to form a romance novel that's full of social relevance. Follow the self-destructive journey of Heathcliff as he seeks revenge for losing his soul mate, Catherine, to Edgar Linton. Themes -- such as good versus evil, chaos and order, selfishness, betrayal, and obsession -- intertwine as the story unfolds. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights is a symbolic and psychological study of the nature of love.
Bad
  • The kinescope transfer is really rough.
5.6
Average
Video - 4
Audio - 5.9
Movie - 7

Wuthering Heights gets a new fascinating release. Back in the 1950s, Dupont Show of the Month would put on star studded broadcasts featuring big actors of the day. While staging literary adaptations is more the forte of PBS now, it was intriguing to see major corporations and network TV trying to be so highbrow back in the Golden Age.

wuthering heights 1950s

The DVD comes with the original commercials from the 1958 broadcast. That’s because the presentation is from a kinescope. The best way to describe a kinescope to casual viewers is that most vintage TV broadcasts only survive as recordings of the original live feeds. So many networks destroyed all of their old masters and that’s why a lot of TV from the 1940s through mid 1960s doesn’t exist.

Who gets the blame for that one, the boomers or the Greatest Generation?

Wuthering Heights (1958) is now available!

Wuthering Heights 1958 dvd

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