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Olivia De Havilland won her second Oscar for this film. A brilliant performance by De Havilland as a young woman and daughter of a very wealthy man. Soon a young man enters her life and love is in the air. But the life experienced father doesn’t trust the intended suitor, thinking the young man only cares for the money that the daughter will one day inherit.
Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for her superb performance as Catherine Sloper, a shy ugly duckling sort. She is ably supported by Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson and Miriam Hopkins. Adapted from Henry James' WASHINGTON SQUARE, this adaptation by Ruth and Augustus Goetz is much darker. Halfway through the performance de Havilland even changes the tone of her voice to one of bitterness and despair. And of course any film produced by Criterion is great as well. Even if you have the earlier dvd from Universal I advise you to get this outstanding Criterion version. Several bonuses added as well.
For me, this movie was an instant classic. I have watched it over many times and always find something new to appreciate. The writing, acting, period details and even the musical score were perfect. The ending, I won't reveal but, promise the new viewer it is a true pinnacle of cinema. I love this movie and so will anyone who watches, or re-watches it.
A basic review of the movie since I haven't observed the extras.
This is a classic with fine acting yet blunt cinematography befitting the somewhat depressing romantic theme. A shy somewhat anti-social heiress is preyed upon by a money grubbing layabout. It's a really depressing movie overall but it's realized in good fashion if you can tolerate romantic melodrama material.
Criterion tends to do a good job on restorations and the media is usually worth the investment. The only negative is the packaging art, which makes this edition look CHEAP. I know the movie is what matters, but why have such awful cover art on premium collector DVD's?