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Oh, how I wept!,
This review is from: Washington Square (DVD)
I can honestly count on one hand the movies that have ever made me cry, and this is one of them. Maybe it was because I could relate to the characters on a personal level because of circumstances in my own life, but I thought this film was exceptionally moving. The scene that sticks out in my mind (or rather, in my heart,) is where Catherine is chasing after the carriage, screaming for Morris to come back, and he never even turns around and looks at her. She's humiliated, emotionally crushed, and he can't even spare her a moment's glance.
I have read the book as well, and this is a rare instance in which I like the movie better. In the book, there's no question about Morris' mercenary motives and he really cares nothing for Catherine; in the movie, the viewer is never quite sure if he's sincere or not. I like being kept guessing on that aspect of the plot! I also liked it that Catherine had grown strong enough to refuse him at the end, because I wasn't too sure that she wouldn't take him back. When he asks if they can still be friends (and who knows what his motive was for that,) her reply of, "You know very well that we were never friends," shows that she has finally become her own person.