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A Room with a View
When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?
i spent roughly 5 hours of this 2-hour movie thinking about how young Helena Bonham Carter was the OG Rory Gilmore.
i also spent a few moments thinking "oh, there's a lot more scrotum in this Merchant Ivory jam than I would've expected."
this is the proto rom-com done right, and with just the perfect gait. bonus points for the most punchable Daniel Day-Lewis performance of all time.
I am extremely pleased and surprisingly so. Period pieces often contain a posh and elegant look to them, making the costume and set designs appear nearly impeccable during every outing but they can also tend lose touch with their own characters and rendering their conflicts/emotions soulless after awhile. However this is my first brush with the Ivory/Merchant/Jhabvala collective and I must say that they are an entirely new kind of beast in adapting period piece models/classical literature adaptations. In fact I could go as far as to say that their one film here felt more genuine of the era and honest to its characters than most of their contemporaries.
So we have an American behind the camera in James Ivory…
Harry Potter Alumni Professor Minerva McGonagall and her niece Bellatrix Lestrange are on vacation....but their room has no view. So Indy Jones' Marcus Brody (in his only Oscar nominated performance) and his son Warlock (doesn't he look like Sting's brother?) offer to switch rooms. On a trip to the country...Warlock and Bellatrix have a ground moving kiss in a field. Bellatrix goes back home. Philomena hears about the kiss in the field and writes a book about the kiss.
Back home Bellatrix gets engaged to the only 3 Time Best Actor winner ever. Looking like the Pringle Chip guy...3 Time's kiss with Bellatrix does not move a feather. Brody and Warlock rent a cottage on 3 Time's land. What will…
Many regard this first Merchant/Ivory production of an E.M. Forster novel as a masterpiece. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the Oscars for Costume Design and Art Direction. While I agree it has its charm and several shining moments, the acting here is good, not excellent, and the storytelling with its frequent title cards is interesting, not awesome.
Specifically, Helena Bonham Carter was making her feature debut here and had not yet found her feet as a film star. She portrayed the central character Lucy Honeychurch like a tennis ball being batted back and forth by the other characters. She could scarcely keep up with veteran Maggie Smith playing…
that pond scene!! and some of the dialogue - ha ha! :D watching this again after so many years brought back a lot of memories, and time even added a touch of "camp" to the proceedings.
but the acting and the scenery make this film "a view" worth re-visiting: seriously!
the cast is phenomenal, featuring a very young & beautiful helena bonham carter and the always smooth & sexy julian sands (both of whom have truly wonderful hair!); "a room with a view" has something for everyone. daniel day lewis is a hoot as the dwebish cecil.
so why not take a trip back into edwardian england, via greece and italy, all filtered through the misty lens of 1985 and that dynamic duo of merchant & ivory?
c'mon! you know you want to. ;)
Sumptuous, beautiful and oozing class. This film absolutely charmed me and I'm extremely glad I decided to pop it on at 4am when I couldn't get to sleep.
My favourite activity while watching this film was wondering which of the characters were secretly gay. I'm assuming at least three of them. Can anyone guess which three I'm thinking of?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A Room with a View is a classic tale where a girl meets a guy who is not her "proper" match, then the girl gets engaged to the "right sort" of gentlemen but the improper guy re-enters her life. It's played as a rather serious period drama/romance and it features an all-star cast with names like Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more. But there was something off about this film. I cannot explain it, but for some reason I felt like it was a parody or spoof. With every line someone uttered in their dignified English accent I kept chuckling. Daniel Day-Lewis felt like a mocking caricature of what you'd expect from a dignified Englishman…
One of my favorites.
rupert graves in this movie oh my g od oh m y g o d hm y g do
"I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms" ahhhhhhhhhh. Didn't even realise lame ass Cecil was Daniel day Lewis that's how good an actor he is. Anyway , I will always love this film.
WHEN HE SAID "we have a room with a view." 😤😤😤😤😤😩😩😩😩😩😩😩
Today is the day I saw a group of Florentine men in black hoods cart off a dead body in a Merchant Ivory film. Also seen: Julian Sands, Rupert Graves, and Simon Callow's penises. This has been a good day.
Review here: craigjclark.livejournal.com/896607.html
yeah this is a beautiful movie but guess what's even more beautiful? that's right, smol helena bonham carter with a great career ahead of her
Ahhh … so many movies to watch and only a finite number of hours each day to watch them. This dilemma of every film buff was certainly on my mind when I started “Room with a View.” The first fifteen minutes definitely did not work for me. My first impression was that “Room with a View” was nothing more than an anemic counterfeit of a “real” Merchant-Ivory. But I resisted punching the off-button, and I hung in there a little longer. I’m glad I did. “Room with a View” ultimately turned out to be one of those rare stories that get better as each minute ticks by. Sharp dialogue, sumptuous photography, and top-notch acting all eventually gelled into one glorious…
"Physical sensation" is the key phrase here, the visual and aural textures of the film—a staccato montage of stony limbs in the Piazza della Signoria; a handsome Italian lounging with a cigarette against the lush countryside; the passion of a Beethoven sonata—creating a kind of dialectic between an openness (a willingness to be "transfigured," to borrow the novelist's choice of words) and snobbery (associated with close-mindedness and more conventional notions of propriety). As the title suggests, there's an emphasis on being transformed by one's surroundings ("I cannot see that you should object in such a landscape."), with the presence of both Charlotte and Freddy ensuring that it's not strictly a matter of class (as Day-Lewis's Cecil would indicate). Dialogue feels…
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