Chester County Night School

Revisiting Wyler's 1949 Film "The Heiress" at Greystone Hall

This illustrated talk will re-examine director William Wyler's critically acclaimed film of starring Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Ralph Richardson. This classic America drama, an adaptation of a Broadway play of the same name, was based on Henry James' 1880 novel, Washington Square, was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning the 1949 awards for Best Actress, Best Art Direction/Set Direction (B & W), Best Costume (B & W) and Best Original Musical Score. Velda Moog will analyze the film as an example of a "mansion movie," a type of Hollywood film like Hitchcock's Rebecca that she has identified and classified as a genre of its own. The elegant Washington Square townhouse, the story's main setting, also is a star of this tragic tale about a naïve young woman, her handsome fortune hunter suitor and her cold and controlling father. Attendees are encouraged to watch the film before the class, if possible. (The Heiress is available on DVD; scenes from the film also can be found on See the listing for the companion talk on George Cukor's 1938 film Holiday. There is a $5.00 discount per talk for those attending both talks.

Dates:April 5, 2017   
Number of Sessions:1
Meets:W : 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:Greystone Hall
Instructor:Velda Jerrehian Moog

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