What do you think of Anna Calder-Marshall's Catherine in the 1970 WH?
Alrighty, I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched this through properly since 2014. I tried rewatching it this afternoon but I fell asleep because what is energy right. However, I did see like 40 minutes of it so we’ll just go with that.
I don’t think she is terrible as Cathy. I think it’s hard to individually judge one actor within a movie that is just so bad. Like as a movie its not necessarily terrible but as an adaptation of Wuthering Height, you gotta wonder if they even read the book at any point.
Calder-Marshall kinda remains me of Elisabeth Sladen in the way she talks and acts. Idk how to explain that properly but she does.
I think she’s wild enough to be Cathy and she does really well to show the huge range of emotions that Cathy portrays.
The air swarmed with Catherine’s: Anna Calder-Marshall
I once heard the 1970 adaptation of Wuthering Heights called
the “Hammer Horror version” of the story because of how much it alters the
story and the addition of more sexual elements (this is the earliest version I can
think of that makes the Catherine-Heathcliff relationship blatantly sexual in
nature). This is an apt description of the movie. Fans on the whole are divided
about its merits: purists loathe the changes, but others love Timothy Dalton’s
Heathcliff, the haunting Michel Legrand score, and the Yorkshire locations. But
I’ve never seen anyone talk much about Anna Calder-Marshall’s Catherine. The few
occasions that I do, the feedback is rarely positive.
So right now I’m going to play devil’s advocate and point
out what works with her performance.
Marshall’s performance is strange; I don’t know how else to
put it. Her Catherine is not the beauty described in the novel, at least not
compared to other actresses who’ve essayed the role. Her voice is sometimes
shrill. During the early scenes on the moors, her hair is tangled and her
playful manner is somewhat cruel—she really is “half-savage” and “hardy” in a
way you don’t buy with other actresses who have played the part like Merle
Oberon, Orla Brady, or Charlotte Riley. She feels downright feral at times,
willing to look grotesque.
When she becomes a lady, you never entirely believe the
transformation, but perhaps this is the point in this adaptation. The wild
child never disappears from Catherine’s personality and Marshall displays that
well. People tend to forget that Catherine is about fifteen when she marries
Edgar, still a child in many ways. Marshall was twenty-three when she played
the character, but I think out of most of the versions of the story I have
seen, she’s one of the best in bringing out that teenage girl quality. And that
makes her death scene all the more tragic: this girl we once saw running around
like a wild animal on the moors is now miserable, pregnant, and entrapped in a
stuffy, formal library. Flaws the 1970 Wuthering
Heights may have, but out of every rendition of Catherine’s death I have
seen, this one affects me the most and I don’t think Marshall’s performance is
a small part of why that is.
And of course, I could write an entire post about the scene
with her ghost alone and how it’s a microcosm of Wuthering Heights’ themes of the lingering effects of the past upon
the present, longing, and the human condition itself, but I’ll save you that
this is really awful to brag about, but: i own this. i don’t know if there are any others left anywhere. it was a present for my birthday. i’d been waiting on it for years, hoping no one would notice it.
no one did. i have the best sweetheart in the world.
How come there were two different actors playing Watson in the Granada series?
Hey, sorry in case I answer this question a bit late.
I think I have explained that once on my blog, but can’t find it anymore :D. So here it goes:
David Burke who played Dr. John Watson in Season One for the first 13 episodes is the father of actor Tom Burke who plays one of the Musketeers in the BBC shoe The Musketeers (in case you didn’t know) and at that time back in the 80s Tom was like 2 years.
David had an offer for a play or a movie close to his home and family and decided to quit Granada Holmes in favour for his son and wife.
So Edward Hardwicke took over after that. He was recommended by David Burke himself.
Here is what “Bending the Willow” by David Stuart Davis says about it:
Interestingly, it was David Burke who was directly responsible for Edward Hardwicke becoming Doctor Watson. The two men, who knew each other well, were acting in a Shakespeare play for the BBC and Burke confided in Hardwicke about his desire to leave the Holmes series because of family commitments:
‘I’ve known David Burke and Anna [his actress wife Anna Calder-Marshall] for some time. I’d acted with them both and we knew each other very well. During rehearsals he was battling with this decision whether to stay with the Sherlock Holmes series. He and Anna had been offered a chance to go Stratford together. The problem was that Tom, his son, was still very young, two or three maybe, and if Anna was at Stratford and he was up in Manchester, there would be no one around for Tom.
At this time there had been quite a break in the Holmes series. Jeremy had gone to New York to do a play and there was perhaps no certainty that the Holmes series would continue. With this offer to go to Stratford with Anna and the little boy he thought, on balance, it was the best thing to do.
Then David came to me one day and said that he had made the decision to leave and go to Stratford. He also said that he and Anna had talked about the Watson rôle and thought that I was ideally suited for it and that I should get on to my agent. In the meantime he would speak to Jeremy about it.’
Just TEN?? OK, I’ll do ten randomly out of the top of my head in no particular order:
1) Mystery - he’s a pretty private guy, and I kinda like it like that. Part of me naturally yearns to know as much about him as possible as a fan, but even random audio-plays and short films that we had no idea about keep coming out of the woodwork and you never know when that’s going to happen, as he has no official spokesperson or social media public presence. Gentlemen of the Road his new acting/directing project is a good example. We know almost NOTHING about it, but it keeps the fans on our toes and we’re always super appreciative of any snippet of info we receive about his work or himself as a person. He teaches us that sometimes less is more.
2) Warmth - when myself and a small group of Burketeers met him in person we found him to be such a kind, considerate & funny guy. He made sure everybody got a hug and chatted to us all and genuinely seemed very happy to spend time with us. I’ve read and talked to several of his colleagues and friends on Twitter and they have nothing but the highest praise for him.
3) Variety - his career, I mean wow! He really enjoys taking risks and unexpected turns, not just on film & TV but notably in theatre and audio. He’s happy to dart back to a short film even after a stint on a TV series or go back to tread the boards (which I deeply hope he will do, as it’s a dream of mine to see him on stage) Hooligan Factory is a great example of how he doesn’t always go for the obvious choice, and is willing to try a new or little funded project. His work choices are exciting for us as his fans. And he plays a villain just as well as a hero.
4) Humour - the bloke just makes me laugh so much! Obviously with him and not at him! Whether he’s rolling his eyes as Athos, head-butting someone as Bullet or whining as Davy, he’s actually hilarious. I hope he realises how funny he is. I reckon he does. The stories I’ve heard about his pranks on set of the Musketeers are legendary among the fans. And when I met him he pretended to fan himself with a leaflet in the church we were in, and you really had to be there, but I was laughing my head off!
5) Inspiring - My God, but has the man made me read! As a direct result of being a Burketeer I have read so much classic literature, essays, listened to alternative music, watched independent non-English speaking cinema and appreciated art on the basis (and subsequent tangents from) of his recommendations in interviews. I have learnt so much from him, he really is my guru.
6) Heritage - It’s not just Tom Burke I am a fan of now, since becoming a Burketeer I have fallen for his whole immensely talented family! His parents David Burke, Anna Calder Marshall and even his godfather Alan Rickman are such interesting varied actors and people. I adore watching/listening to their works too!
7) Humble - Tom is not fame seeking, he is not a show off. He is not interested in gold statues, He is interested in the work and performing. And boy do I love him for that. He is unpredictable and yet is consistent with his brilliant performances one after the other after the other.
8) Looks - OK, a completely shameless and superficial entry on my part, but I honestly do find him ridiculously physically attractive, to deny that would be a damn lie. He is a very handsome man, he ticks every box for me in that department. I wouldn’t care if he shaved his head or put on three stone, he simply just does it for me.
9) Community - I am hugely grateful to Tom, because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have the Burketeers! A fantastic group of amazing people who all share a love of Tom and do nothing but love and support one another. And to think of all the money we have raised for Operation Smile brings a tear to my eye.
10) I love Tom Burke because he’s a true actor. I see him gracing our screens, our stages and our hearts for decades to come. And I am so happy that I get to watch all of that happen.