The Heiress

Director: William Wyler 1949 115 Minutes G
The Heiress Mon 15 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 115mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

William Wyler’s The Heiress is a ravishingly produced melodrama in which the dowdy heiress finds herself pursued by a handsome admirer — but her father’s suspicions about this new man threaten her life of comfort.

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Olivia de Havilland, the film is an adaptation of the play of the same name, itself an adapted from Henry James’s 1880 novel Washington Square. The three lead actors — de Havilland in the title role, Ralph Richardson as her overbearing father, and Montgomery Clift as the mysterious love interest — deliver remarkable performances, strongly anchoring the doubts around each character’s intentions.

Screening as part of ‘Bruce Beresford Selects


Director:William Wyler
Producer:William Wyler
Cast:Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins
Script:Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz
Program strand:Features
Rights:Universal Pictures Australia