Washington Square (1997) short review


Such a downer of a story that it’s hard to enjoy, but I will say this is a well made, well acted film. Jennifer Jason Leigh usually really irritates me, and she doesn’t in this film, so that’s saying something — plus Maggie Smith is great. One of the best parts is that Leigh’s character is very awkward, which shows in her dress — interesting to see the unattractive side of mid-Victorian costuming.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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  1. ladylavinia1932

    I have never regarded “Washington Square” as a downer, especially since Catherine Sloper managed to gain her own agency without her father or Morris Townsend. Or perhaps in spite of them.