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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?
An amazing ensemble cast soar in this Edwardian period piece about a young woman’s rite of passage. Incredible cinematography, wonderful music, and an editing masterpiece. Helena Bonham-Carter breathes reality and grace into the lead character in the best performance of her career.
If you can get over the fact that our romantic duo is just, as with most romances, *meant* to be together because Reasons, and that the very poster for this movie is a spoiler, otherwise, this film is basically perfect.
Everything about it is charming. They've set at least a third of it on location in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the rest is just an English idyll. Every character is unusual, charming, or unique in some way, yet still familiar enough that we know exactly who they are within 30 seconds of meeting them. And the cinematography is exceptional. Not to mention the costumes.
Oh, and if you've ever wanted to see what a young Daniel Day Lewis being incredibly obnoxious and foppish is like, look no further.
Exquisite music, scenery, and acting. I would watch this film again in a room with or without a view.
all of the guys sucked except for freddy; i suppose it was all terribly erotic but i struggled getting past how little george cared for lucy's opinions on things (incl. getting things)
notable lesbians: the Ms. Alans (miss spink + miss forcible) and charlotte (dear horrid charlotte) & The Lady Novelist eleanor lavish
the funniest scene was the triple-full-frontal. societal norms!!!
The best (and I believe the most successful) of the Merchant/Ivory productions, this was also the first of their three film adaptations of E.M. Forster novels. Having never read Forster’s book, I don’t know how true the picture is to the original novel. The movie, however, is a supremely delightful celebration of all that is beautiful in this life: falling in love, being loved in return by the one you love, Florence, the Tuscan countryside, the English countryside, well-appointed English homes, art, Maggie Smith, and most wonderfully, male full-frontal nudity. Simply divine.
Incredibly beautiful photo.
Based on a novel by E. M. Forster.
Unbelievably classy cast.
Can not see anything that isn't perfect, but will be a bit cautious and just give it 9/10. Expecting a rewatch make that higher.
GORGEOUS locations wow. And costumes! I'd heard about this movie for the longest time but hadn't seen it until now. I love a good period drama romance (obviously), but this reminds me of Jane Austen novels and those stories of repressed feelings. He likes her. She likes him. GREAT! Certainly it's a construct of the time in which they lived, but it makes me so sad two people who want to be together were prevented from doing so just because of societal expectations and notions of propriety. Ridiculous. It was so fun to see Maggie Smith and Judi Dench and such a young Helena Bonham Carter! Mr. Beebe was hilarious and I could not stand Daniel Day-Lewis (which was exactly the point). And um can I just be the Alan sisters galavanting around the world? Ok awesome.
European locales: Florence, Tuscany, Italy (WHAT a room with a view!) & England (Kent, East Sussex, & London)
While some good decisions were made in adapting Forster's marvelous book, bad ones slipped in. The slapstick, the decision to make George a bit of a ladies' man from the outset, and the unhappy rhythms undercut pleasing perfromances by Bonham-Carter and the rest of the cast.
Daniel Day-Lewis was insufferable in this but I'm pretty sure that was the point and even if it wasn't I would still love him
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The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…