All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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? Nominated for eight Academy Awards (1986), including Best Picture, and winner of three, this is one the most charming and delightful romantic comedies ever filmed.
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…
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…
Directed by - James Ivory
Written by - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on the novel of the same name by E.M. Forster
Starring - Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Simon Callow, Rupert Graves & Julian Sands
Well, that was actually a lot better than I was expecting…
Based on the type of upper-class, post-Victorian, self-indulgent literature that I detest, James Ivory’s adaptation of A Room with a View is a solid and entertaining (if not guiltily so) film that makes the most of its costume drama influences and its English country setting. It focuses on the tale of Lucy Honeychurch (Bonham-Carter; Sweeney Todd, The…
While I've admired the other Merchant/Ivory films I've seen, A Room with a View is the one I've enjoyed the most by far. Adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster, it's a very, very British story about young Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her older cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith) vacationing in Florence. When the bright, passionate George Emerson (Julian Sands) becomes smitten with Lucy and surprises her with a kiss, it turns her world upside down, causing her to reconsider what she wants from life and what is expected of her, not least of all her engagement to upper-class twit Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis). This all sounds like a particularly dry episode of Masterpiece Theatre, and it is very formal…
Like eating a big slice of tiramisu after a long day, A Room With A View is sweet, light, and comforting, but with surprising substance. Its soft visuals and gentle direction allow the performances to draw the attention they deserve, and the freshness of Forster's writing is preserved in the screenplay. Romantic, wide-eyed, and wondering. I adore it.
Very British, very formal. This is my first Merchant/Ivory film. It's very well-crafted, quite well-written, and truly at arm's length, as it's hard to feel anything for any of the characters, all of whom are so prone to cliche and protocol.
But that's what drives a film like this into the modern world. This is either a very lighthearted drama, or a comedy that will make you smile, not laugh.
I'm never, personally, every really enthralled by these British period films. But this one is as good as any, I suppose. I didn't really buy the romance between Sands and Helena Bonham Carter's characters, but you knew from the very start that they just had to get together.
I don't quite understand this period piece romance genre still having mass appeal. The struggle of lust and emotion versus social rules seems a bit antiquated by now. Lust and emotion won that battle and women are allowed to do whatever they want with very few exceptions (in this part of the world that is). If anything the sleazy George (Julian Sands) comes off as more of a villainous dog than a liberated man of emotion, and the ridiculously stiff and awkward Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis) is interesting and rebelliously correct. This makes the basic story difficult to relate to.
That aside, it's a wonderful film. The Tuscan setting is infinitely cinematic and offers a nice introduction to the characters outside…
Pleasant and, at times, very funny, with mostly good performances -- Helena Bonham Carter doesn't seem quite ready for this kind of material but Maggie Smith is perfect, and it's fun to see Daniel Day-Lewis as a socially incompetent scoundrel. I'm not intimately familiar with Forster's work but my biggest problem was that the characters and their relationships in the film weren't very well-defined aside from some very comedy-of-manners conflicts between societal ideal and passion. Perhaps stories like this just don't translate for me like they should (though I love Jane Austen, for instance), but it bothered me more than a little that Lucy's feelings for either of the two suitors in the film seemed barely taken into account. Why…
Fuck you room I don't care about your view!
A Room with a View: Or - How Not to Be a Tourist.
Like a painting in motion.
Your standard Merchant Ivory fare, at least early on, but it is slowly raised above its fellows as Helena Bonham Carter's performance comes into its own. It's easy to forget, after so many woeful Tim Burton collaborations and other over-the-top witchy roles, that Bonham Carter was once capable of anything else, but she shines here as her character learns to become the center of her own life (and the film about it). Not that she's alone in acting the hell out of this. Maggie Smith, Simon Callow, and Denholm Elliott all do great work, and Simon Callow and Daniel Day-Lewis take great comedic turns (not something the intense Day-Lewis is typically known for).
Like most Merchant Ivory films, everything looks…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
- Zazie dans le métro
- Allegro non troppo
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…