I haven't read James' 'Washington Square' so I don't know if the most interesting themes are from the novel or the film (or the intermediate play). Still, to put it in an oversimplified way, I prefer to enjoy movies for their style, which might suggest themes, than for their themes, supported by a subordinate style. This case is the latter, but anyway, it's good.
This film was a revelation for me. Montgomery Clift was more than a pretty face--but what an exceptionally pretty face it was. Olivia de Havilland is excellent. I'm stingy with 5-star ratings, but I'm going there, in part because of the uncompromising ending, all the more remarkable for a Hollywood film released in 1949.
Another masterpiece in Wylers impeccable catalog, this one is all about the performances. De Havilland deserved the Oscar here, as her portayal is just flawless as she takes her character through a complete 180 turn from beginning to end. Clift plays her suitor quite well, giving a rather understated performance. Just a classic, seek it out asap.
Foully unknown and underrated. de Havilland goes from sweet, innocent and naive to a scary I-will-not-be-fooled-again only with her eyes. Brilliant acting. One-liners that hit you and leave you gasping. "He must come. He must take me away. He must love me, he must..." ♥♥♥
Excellent adaptation of Henry James' 'Washington Square' featuring an oscar winning performance by De Havilland aided by strong turns by Clift and especially Richardson (way too young to be cast as her father). The story is somewhat timeless and still packs a punch today as a woman cosigned to being an old maid suddenly finds a suitor who may have an agenda of his own. Final sequence ranks amongst the best finales.