If you know me, you know for sure that I like old movies. I am able to talk about Anne Baxter, Greer Carson and so on, which usually baffle most of my friends and acquaintances. Of course if you were born before 1920 I may rejoice you- if you still can remember anything.
Anyway, ” The heiress” came out and I just had to see it. I find Montgomery Clift quite insignificant at his best, but this time, he played beautifully and with a complex humanity that he didn’t very often displayed. Ms De Havilland was great and able to give to her character a slow transformation that left plenty of room to a big range of contradictory feelings that leave you just breathless. If you have read Malcom Gladwell, you know laready that it is only human to mould our representation of our other human fellows as black and white, with very little room for reality, which is that ( for example) a woman who a perfect bitch with her husband could be the most supportive, cheerful and loyal of your friends. In other words, we like to categorize our entourage because it is easier and because our brains have problems being that discerning. SO what I liked in this particular movie is that the characters were showing this reality in a very logical way that made you go through a large fan of different interpretations.
The story was unusual and must have been pretty subversive for the time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it still shocks today. A spinster lives with her father, a famous and very wealthy doctor, who’s lost his beloved and very much idealized wife. She meets a young penniless suitor, but is he after her money?. From a simple story unfolds the extreme of human nature- and in this story, you have more than one to discover. It is a scary tale and a very interesting one: the awakening of an intelligence.
If you like suttleness and strong women portrait, this one is for you.
Ms De Havilland knew how to choose her roles.

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