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…
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. ;)
Daniel Day Lewis' posture alone is a reason to watch this film.
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…
Charming as fuck!
So I recently rewatched this movie and I still love it, although I am now past my period piece obsession phase. I think what makes feel so dear to me is all the individual things that make it up. It's got some already well-established British actors: Maggie Smith and Judi Dench give wonderful performances as the conservative, wishy-washy chaperone and the lavishly ridiculous "lady novelist", but it also gives the viewer the treat of seeing some now-famous names before they became their now-famous selves. Helena Bonham-Carter is almost completely unrecognizable as Helena Bonham-Carter, save for a few moments where her character, Lucy, is allowed a twinge of derision in an otherwise earnest role. Daniel Day-Lewis, usually playing the "man's man",…
Refreshing to see a period piece that doesn't take itself too seriously. Good script, an enjoyable cast (Daniel Day Lewis gives the best performance), and the lovely backdrops of Florence and the English countryside make this a solid film.
Well acted and intelligent throughout, "A Room with a View" is a welcome addition to the pantheon of classic British romance adaptations.
Merchant-Ivory productions have a reputation for being stuffy and lifeless, but I really love The Remains of the Day and was pretty excited to give A Room with a View a watch given that it's the effort that really brought the producer-director team to providence. Adapted from the 1908 novel of the same name, the film follows a young rich woman and her romances with two very different men. James Ivory gives the film a fairly light tone, the editing is a bit quicker than I expected, and the performances are universally great. It's always a treat to see a lot of these British character actors and they get to shine here. Plus we get an early Daniel Day-Lewis role…
Goodness, they don't make them like this anymore, which as Maggie Smith's Charlotte would say, is very vexing indeed. This is one of those classic British period dramas that not only is one of the best, but one that has stood the test of time.
With a superb recreation of the era and great use of both the magic of Florence and the beauty of the English countryside, visually the film is a treat. With it's story of missed and wrong opportunity it is played with such charm it is difficult not to fall in love with it all. This is such a different world, with it's well to do manners and aristocratic inklings, but to escape into this is…
almost forgotten entirely
Yummy repressed whiteness. This film is easily paired with Age of Innocence, a double header of burning passion held down by the artifice of refined behavior.
Quintessential Merchant-Ivory; beautiful to look at, gorgeous costuming, good to great acting from all involved, more than a little stuffy, and exceedingly well executed from top to bottom. A charming love story facing the obstacles of restrictive English manners.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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