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The Heiress

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Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson
Director: William Wyler
Plot Synopsis:

Directed with a keen sense of ambiguity by William Wyler, this film based on a hit stage adaptation of Henry James’s Washington Square pivots on a question of motive. When shy, fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland, in a heartbreaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smoldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine’s calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? A graceful drawing-room drama boasting Academy Award–winning costume design by Edith Head, The Heiress is also a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, in a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: May 7th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1949
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:116 Minutes
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:New conversation between screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith NehmeNew program about the film’s costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueenThe Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith HeadAppearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of The Paul Ryan ShowExcerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter PidgeonWyler’s acceptance speech from the American Film Institute’s 1976 Salute to William WylerInterview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William WylerTrailerPLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson