My interpretation of Catherine’s proclamation at the end, that she shall never embroider again, is that she has at long last proved her father wrong. Catherine continues this act of happiness until he leaves, and proceeds to let her aunt know that she has no intention of going with Morris.

Catherine is of age, receiving $10,000 a year from her mother's estate, and is expected to receive an additional $20,000 per year on top of this after her father's passing. I definitely see her as cold and jaded. Drug route?

© That’s the way I read the character. That does seem to point toward the “liberated” side, and the symbolism of her ascending the stairs is definitely something to be thought about. In order to maintain a balance in defense and military, they made sure that the Han family soldiers who were on the northern border of the country did not surrender to the Imperial court. "[7], The Brooklyn Eagle found the film "an intensely satisfying drama that holds a high level of interest throughout, building relentlessly to a moving climax." She’s the hero in this movie because, in the end, she has the character and the strength to honor herself enough to not live a life of torment, even with this handsome charming man whom she loved with all her heart and soul. When Morris comes in and asks for forgiveness, Catherine’s expression changes only around 6:51, when we see that she’s beginning to accept his coming on to her. Thank you for this insightful comment. I believe his acrimonious relationship with Dr. Sloper was a true means to cause him to want to go off and make something of himself, thus disproving Dr. Sloper’s beliefs of him. Two years later, Morris suddenly returns, asking for forgiveness for his desertion. Catherine’s father spends YEARS trying to turn her into a copy of her mother; stomping on her feelings when she doesn’t live up to his idealized version of a dead woman (was Mrs. Sloper really that saintly?) I like to think that IF the right man had come along her father would have seen it and approved, but he did try to save her from being totally ruined by a fortune hunter like Morris. It’s both. I do not like Henry James’ portrayal of spinster women ( “Turn Of The Screw” aka “The Innocents”; “Washington Square” aka “The Heiress”).

SPOILERS first lose to the poison gang leader, then sleep over the house of the guy with the italian sounding name lol. I don’t think she found that kind of happiness again? Ah. Overall 9.0. The Heiress Chinese Drama is the best one in 2020. By this time in the movie, we have learned that Morris’ intentions are not honorable, as he deserted Catherine when her father threatened to disinherit her if they married. Meanwhile, Una You plays in the Mandarin Detective L series. To me, this was the act of a woman who had become so jaded that she was capable of truly nasty revenge. In my opinion it’s a bitter victory.She is a wiser woman, of course, woman who is aware of her strenght, of her value and well aware of the ways of the world but in the process she has begun to resemble her father.We don’t know what made dr,-Sloper the man he was but we know what made Catherine who and what she is at the end of the movie (and of the novel) She never really got over Morris because she never loved anyone else – and probably never will.-. She already has a satisfied look on her face as she turns out the lamp in the living room. That’s when he starts to pound the door. She didn’t seek him out and plot this revenge.

You make an interesting case that there is a chance that our heroine may someday put aside her bitterness under the right circumstances because we a see a glimpse of the Old Catherine in her face. He did not see anything about her worth loving by another man except her inheritance (at that point in her life). Catherine is impatient to cut off all contact with her father and desperate to prove him and Aunt Lavinia incorrect: someone does love her, and not her money, and she has not been stupid to think so. But at the end, I do think that Morris fell in love with her and she knew it! But one day, she decided to disguise herself as a man. Very interesting. Her aunt asks her if she can be so cruel, and Catherine coldly responds, "Yes, I can be very cruel. Han Yuan Niang pretends to be her twin sister and meets the prince until it finally triggers an unexpected romance between the two of them.

That’s interesting that you see deep pain on her face, because I don’t. Still, Catherine tells Morris about her desire to disinherit herself from her father and never see him again. I agree, Catherine was very naive, I blame her father for that, but the things he said to her, he deserved what she did to him and then some, what horrible things to say to your own child on the premise of protecting her and her money. Dark, cold and unflinching. Her voice changes as she says: He came back here with the same lies. The Heiress is one of the handsome, intense and adult dramas of the year. The entire dialogue throughout is the best. When she meets the handsome Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift) at a ball, Catherine is taken by the attention he lavishes upon her attention she's never received before and desperately wanted, and flourishes under his affections. She could have survived with her sweet character in tact even with her father constantly undermining her with insults and criticisms and thus creating a scared, self-conscious woman with low esteem who actually begged her father to try to come up with something nice to say about her when he was going to meet with Morris (watch both of her Aunts’ expressions, it was heartbreaking for them), but Morris’ betrayal basically validating what her father said about her when he finally told her what he truly thought of her AND her Aunt giving away that she too saw Catherine that way even if she still cared for her just as she was unlike her father, was too much. And I attribute that to superb acting on the part of not only Olivia Dr Havilland but all the players. I’m sure she played in her mind over and over how she would get her revenge had he ever tried to return. when these people try to rape you, resist and you will murder them. Remember when the maid compliment her at the end, but Catherine took it as only a ploy to take an early stroll that hot night and explained that the maid needn’t say nice things just to be able to leave because she’s just as free in that house as Catherine, herself, is?

by ChineseDramaFan. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The play was suggested by the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James. Only a person who has been disillusioned by humanity is capable of doing that to someone. She is triumphant, she’s finally gotten rid of Morris forever. Now he wants my love, too.

Locking Morris out after dangling that final possibility in front of him was just a tease to make the final pain that much more sharp. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. In movies and life, the ‘responsibility to forgive’ allows falls to the victim. Catherine completely ignores Morris, leaving him outside knocking and banging on the door to be let in. Morris left Catherine for California to be an idler, he did not make a fortune there, he came back penniless. Catherine is the bad one for not going to his deathbed so he can die in “peace” after all the horror he put her through?

The question for me is the effect her actions (although in many ways understandable) had on her. According to their plan, Catherine eagerly packs her bags and waits for Morris to come and take her away to happiness. Her father won. Academy Award for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Black and White, Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black and White, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black and White, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, "National Film Registry taps 25 more pix", "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress", "The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978) Episode #8.21", Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Heiress&oldid=986629587, Films featuring a Best Actress Academy Award-winning performance, Films featuring a Best Drama Actress Golden Globe-winning performance, Films whose art director won the Best Art Direction Academy Award, Films that won the Best Original Score Academy Award, Films that won the Best Costume Design Academy Award, United States National Film Registry films, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 November 2020, at 01:28.

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