#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the mid-1800’s, the wealthy Sloper family – widowed surgeon Dr. Austin Sloper, his adult daughter Catherine Sloper (Dr. Sloper’s only surviving child), and Dr. Sloper’s recently widowed sister Lavinia Penniman – live in an opulent house at 16 Washington Square, New York City. They have accrued their wealth largely through Dr. Sloper’s hard work. Despite the lessons that Dr. Sloper has paid for in all the social graces for her, Catherine is a plain, simple, awkward and extremely shy woman who spends all her free time alone doing embroidery when she is not doting on her father. Catherine’s lack of social charm and beauty – unlike her deceased mother – is obvious to Dr. Sloper, who hopes that Lavinia will act as her guardian in becoming more of a social person, and ultimately as chaperon if Catherine were ever to meet the right man. The first man ever to show Catherine any attention is the handsome Morris Townsend, who she met at a family party. Catherine is initially uncertain as to Morris’ intentions, never having been called on before by a gentleman, but she quickly falls in love with him, as he does with her. They plan to be married. Being a romantic, Lavinia does whatever she can to advance their relationship. However, Dr. Sloper does not trust Morris, believing him to be a fortune hunter who is only interested in Catherine for her sizable inheritance. His beliefs are strengthened after a candid discussion with Morris’ sister, Mrs. Montgomery. Dr. Sloper does whatever he can to prevent the two from getting married – the entire reason for his disapproval which he does not fully disclose to either Catherine or Morris – including taking Catherine away for an extended European vacation. Ultimately, incidents with both her father and Morris permanently change Catherine’s view of life.
Plot: Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty — filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster’s heart and substantial inheritance.
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To call this film well-acted is like calling “Citizen Kane” a nice movie and Alfred Hitchcock an “okay” director. William Wyler was known for eliciting excellent performances from his actors (he’s responsible for them receiving a record 14 Oscars in acting; more than twice as many as any other director) and in “The Heiress” he’s in top form. This movie should be played in every acting class ever taught to show the brilliance of subtlety and range of expressions possible when one is conveying a character’s inner emotions.
Olivia De Havilland is a beautiful woman, but you believe she’s an ungainly bundle of shy awkwardness in the role of Catherine Sloper. And her transformation to a cruel wounded creature is perfectly believable. And Ralph Richardson as Dr. Sloper and Miriam Hopkins as Aunt Lavinia are letter perfect beside her. Sir Ralph (at least, I THINK he was knighted) can do more with stillness and a flick of an eyebrow than any actor I’ve ever seen (including Brando, Penn and any other method actor you care to toss into the mix). He was robbed at the Oscars.
Montgomery Clift was beautiful and seductive and, except for a couple of moments where he seemed too 1950s instead of 1850s, just right for the part. He almost holds his own with Sir Ralph when they meet to discuss him marrying Catherine, but he did do better work in “A Place In The Sun” and “From Here To Eternity.”
Wyler’s simplicity and grace in directing only enhanced the story. The use of mirrors to deepen emotional content (as in when Dr. Sloper, now ill, goes to his office after getting the cold shoulder from Catherine) is stunning. So is his willingness to let a scene play out rather than force along the pacing of the moment, as so many directors do, today (as in when Catherine offers to help her father rewrite his will).
There are no easy answers in this movie. You can think Dr. Sloper is right about Morris and only wants to protect his daughter, or you can see his actions as those of a vindictive man who blames her for the death of his beloved wife (in childbirth). Morris could be a fortune hunter, or he could be a man who does care for Catherine, in his own way, and would make her happy. Or all of the above. The whole movie is so beautifully composed, it’s breathtaking. A definite must see for anyone who appreciates great stories well-told.
“Her father had broken its spring . . .”
One of my favorite movies, based on one of my favorite books. Henry James sitting in the audience would have been proud of this insightful filming of his novel, “Washington Square,” because the film retains so much of the subtlety of his own writing. Usually, Hollywood eliminates any of the subtlety of a great author’s voice (see the recent remake of “Washington Square” if you want to see a real Hollywoodization of a novel – it actually depicts a young Catherine peeing her pants in public – an inane “Animal House”-type Hollywood requirement that degrading a woman by showing her peeing is an erotic boost for any movie). But “The Heiress” is pure James. Olivia de Havilland is perfect as James’ unlikely heroine, going from an awkward gawky girl eager to please her beloved father, to a simple, loving young woman who steadfastly stands by her lover, to an embittered middle-aged woman who understands that, as Henry James says, “the great facts of her career were that Morris Townsend had trifled with her affection, and that her father had broken its spring.”
If you liked this movie, read the novel. Listen to James’ descriptions of Catherine and her father and see if this isn’t exactly what Ralph Richardson and Olivia deHavilland portrayed:
“Doctor Sloper would have liked to be proud of his daughter; but there was nothing to be proud of in poor Catherine.”
“Love demands certain things as a right; but Catherine had no sense of her rights; she had only a consciousness of immense and unexpected favors.”
” ‘She is so soft, so simple-minded, she would be such an easy victim! A bad husband would have remarkable facilities for making her miserable; for she would have neither the intelligence nor the resolution to get the better of him.’ ”
“She was conscious of no aptitude for organized resentment.”
“In reality, she was the softest creature in the world.”
“She had been so humble in her youth that she could now afford to have a little pride . . . Poor Catherine’s dignity was not aggressive; it never sat in state; but if you pushed far enough you could find it. Her father had pushed very far.”
Clifton Fadiman, in his introduction to “Washington Square,” says that the novel’s moral is: “to be right is not enough. Dr. Sloper is ‘right’; he is right about the character of Townsend, he is right about his own character, he is right about the character of Catherine. But because he can offer only the insufficient truth of irony where the sufficient truth of love is required, he partly ruins his daughter’s life, and lives out his own in spiritual poverty.”
Dr. Sloper’s contemptuous “rightness,” penetrating and accurate as it is, is no substitute for the kindness and love his adoring daughter craves from him. In “The Rainmaker,” a great Katharine Hepburn movie, also about a plain woman seeking love, only this time with a loving father, the character of Hepburn’s father sums up this moral that “to be right is not enough” when he says to his self-righteous son: “Noah, you’re so full of what’s right that you can’t see what’s good!”
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Romance
Director William Wyler
Writer Ruth Goetz (written for the screen by), Augustus Goetz (written for the screen by), Ruth Goetz (from the play “The Heiress”by), Augustus Goetz (from the play “The Heiress”by), Henry James (suggested by the novel “Washington Square” by)
Actors Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins
Awards Won 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations.
Production Company Paramount Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length (13 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman Plus-X 1231)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm