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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. ;)
helena's beauty cured my mental illness
Simply put, a punchy and pretty Romanticist satire.
Considering it's a Merchant-Ivory production, this company has proven to be titans at adapting classic literature upon the silver screen. For the most part, a big credence has been given to novelists E.M. Forster and Henry James who've shed their social constrictions upon the Edwardian era.
When I watched The Remains of the Day last month, I was so moved by its romantic longing as two people struggled with passion and convention. It provided a difficulty to attain an unconsummated love and I found it so heartrending.
Any sense of conflicted fervour isn't as notable in A Room with a View. So, to me, after loving Merchant-Ivory's other collaborations, I'm a bit deflated here. It's their most commercial work—yet, strangely…
Adapted from the early novel by E.M. Forster, this is a whimsical social comedy about a muddled young English girl (Helena Bonham Carter) who desires yet fears sexual love; she runs away from the man (Julian Sands) who stirs her emotions, and becomes engaged to a rich twit (Daniel Day-Lewis). Bonham Carter lacks the carriage and presence of a trained actress, and Sands, though likable, is playing Forster's flimsy--almost abstract--dream of a natural, uninhibited lover, and is rather vague. But the movie is well paced, and it never loses its hold on a viewer's affections, because it's so thoroughly inhabited. The actors who circulate around the heroine create a whirring atmosphere--a comic hum. They include Denholm Elliott (playing the novel's…
A marvelous Forster adaptation, one of the best Merchant Ivory films, from a strong screenplay from their regular collaborator Ruth Prawler Jhabvala. Director James Ivory brings emphasizes the bright colors of the Italian settings as a young woman becomes drawn to a free-spirited suitor, unlike her fiance back in Britain, adding to the intensity of the experience. The film is full of distinctive characterizations from a superlative cast.
Light romantic drama from Merchant/Ivory highlighted by lavish sets and costumes along with an irresistible love story.
The funniest Whit Stillman film, minus Whit Stillman.
Helena Bonham Carter has always been good looking, but holy potato mash is she a stunner here!
Just watching British people get all stuffy about getting a room with a good view of Florence, Italy is utterly delightful. The film has a satirical but affectionate view of old British customs and attitudes and with such a great cast, you can't help but get swept up in it.
No one enjoys a good romance like I do yet I was extremely underwhelmed with A Room with a View. The best comparison I can make is to Picnic at Hanging Rock; both films are beautiful to look at and observe rather clinically, but both are also a chore to try to actually sit through. I wasn't engaged enough with the satiric elements of the the film (insomuch as there were any), the second act for me was some of the most pretentious stuff I've watched in a while, and the entire production was infused with a detached, slightly obnoxious sense of haughtiness that it was impossible for me to care about anything going on. Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent as…
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