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The HeiressUSA 1949
Directed by William Wyler
Running time 116 minutes
Although not lavish The Heiress is a gilt-edged example of high-end Hollywood period film-making, perfectly judged by Wyler. Although de Havilland is too old to play the younger Catherine (she was 33 at the time and had approached Wyler to be her director) her beauty very much suits the mid–nineteenth century ideal and she does a fine job in playing the diffident and yearning young lady. Ralph Richardson is first class as her father and Clift’s characteristic awkwardness suits him well as the good-looking but essentially opportunistic suitor. Miriam Hopkins also gives a fine performance as Catherine’s sympathetic aunt whilst the script, which stays close to James’s story, gracefully lays out the dynamics of situation that the characters must play out. BH
DVD Extras: An introduction (which unfortunately contains a spoiler); theatrical trailer; and captions for the hearing-impaired.
Available from: Shock Entertainment