Friday, March 19, 2010
"Was every Heathcliff a Linton in disguise?" -Margaret Atwood
Heathcliff: “I got the sexton to remove the earth from off her coffin and I opened it; I saw her face again: it is hers yet …”
Nelly: “You were very wicked Mr Heathcliff. How could you disturb the dead?
”Heathcliff: “It’s easy. All you need is a shovel..."
(Abridged from Wuthering Heights, courtesy of Spike Milligan)
I can't wait to see Timothy Dalton as Heathcliff in this 1970 version of Wuthering Heights! I have seen three or four different remakes of this wonderful book and they have all been terrible. The best part of the film versions is being able to see the wild and desolate English countryside which is so important to the atmosphere of the story. However, all of the insanity, passion and violence of the main characters don't quite transfer well onto film. But Dalton's heavy brooding brows may just make this version worth seeing!
Catherine: "My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries...my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it..."
Heathcliff: "If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave."
Catherine: ""Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being...whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
Heathcliff: "Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers... Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!"