Daisy Miller is a 1974 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The screenplay by Frederic Raphael is based on the 1878 novella of the same title by Henry James. The title character is a beautiful, flirtatious, nouveau riche young American visiting a Swiss spa with her nervously timid, talkative mother and spoiled, xenophobic younger brother Randolph. There she meets upper class expatriate American Frederick Winterbourne, who is warned about her reckless ways with men by his dowager aunt Mrs. Costello. When the two are reunited in Rome, Winterbourne tries to convince Daisy her keeping company with suave Italian Mr. Giovanelli, who has no status among the locals, will destroy her reputation with the aristocracy, including socialite Mrs. Walker, who is offended by her behavior and vocal about her disapproval. Daisy is too carelessly naive to take either of them seriously. Winterbourne is torn between his feelings for Daisy and his moral upbringing, and he is unable to tell...
American Randolph Miller, symbolizes freedom, no containment, opp. of Polish boys resembles snobby American tourist (“the ugly American”)
represents innocent, unworldly American, talks too much about herself.
doesn’t want to meet Daisy (dislikes her, look down upon her), snobby, high society
a wealthy, well-connected woman from Geneva
a hotel in the resort town of Vevey, Switzerland
The book Paule Méré is put in this story to show irony because with a very similar plot, it is almost identical to Daisy Miller. This makes it humorous because snobby woman Mrs. Costello finds Paule Méré very entertaining.
Misunderstandings when it comes to assuming you know someone by what others tell you. Because of this neither Daisy nor Winterbourne were able to be happy.
Winterbourne talks to Daisy about how she really feels for Giovanelli (flirting/love?) and Daisy becomes very defensive…
Mrs. Walker turns her back on Daisy and Daisy is hurt!