Tomorrow, January 11, brings the first Grandin Theatre Classic Film Series screening of the new year. The 1939 version of "Wuthering Heights" will be shown in the Grandin's main auditorium at 10 a.m. The Classic Film Series screenings, presented by Friendship Retirement Community, occur on the second Saturday of each month and offer movie fans a great opportunity to see favorite oldies or discover unfamiliar gems as they were meant to be seen on the big screen. And the best part is admission is free.
Based on the novel by Emily Bronte, "Wuthering Heights" offers a hint of ghost story within one of the greatest doomed romances ever written. Heathcliff is the gloomy orphan and eventual stable boy taken in by the great manor of the title. Cathy is the daughter of Heathcliff's benefactor. Though they grow up together and fall deeply in love, social statuses, misunderstandings and unfortunate marriages to others tragically keep them apart.
The great classical actor Laurence Olivier received the first of his 10 Oscar nominations for his performance as Heathcliff. Indian born British film star Merle Oberon appears in her best remembered role after that of Anne Boleyn in 1933's "The Private Life of Henry VIII" as Cathy. David Niven and Oscar nominee Geraldine Fitzgerald co-star.
William Wyler, the Oscar winning director of the magnificent post World War II drama "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and the 1959 epic "Ben-Hur," also received a nomination for his work here. The famed writing team of Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht received a nomination for their screenplay and the movie saw 8 Oscar nominations in all. It won the award for Best Cinematography.