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Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American romantic period drama film directed by William Wyler, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, starring Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier and David Niven, and based on the 1847 novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film depicts only 16 of the novel's 34 chapters, eliminating the second generation of characters. The novel was adapted for the screen by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht and John Huston (uncredited). The supporting cast features Flora Robson and Geraldine Fitzgerald.
|Directed by||William Wyler|
|Screenplay by||Charles MacArthur |
John Huston (uncredited)
|Based on||Wuthering Heights|
by Emily Brontë
(credited as Emily Bronté)
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Starring||Merle Oberon |
|Edited by||Daniel Mandell|
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$624,643 (1989 re-issue)|
The film won the 1939 New York Film Critics Award for Best Film. It earned nominations for eight Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The 1940 Academy Award for Best Cinematography, black-and-white category, was awarded to Gregg Toland for his work. Nominated for original score (but losing to The Wizard of Oz) was the prolific film composer Alfred Newman, whose poignant "Cathy's Theme" does so much "to maintain its life as a masterpiece of romantic filmmaking."