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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? 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.
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. ;)
A very nice and charming period piece!! Such a great cast. This was Helena Bonham Carter's film debut, and while not the best I've seen from her, still very impressive for your debut. Considering I've only heard him as Valmont in Jackie Chan Adventures, it's interesting to see Julian Sands in the flesh, and I really liked the way he portrayed his characters free-spiritedness!! Daniel Day Lewis was almost unrecognizable as the snobby Cecil Vyse. He may or may not have been wearing false teeth. There is also Maggie Smith and Judi Dench (can't go wrong with either of them), who bring a certain charm to every role they are in.
It all begins with a room "without" a view.…
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…
Criterion’s really been going after the Daniel Day-Lewis back catalogue these days — they put out 'My Beautiful Laundrette' back in July, and here’s a sparkling new edition of Merchant-Ivory’s sleeper hit from 1986. The future Oscar winner — wonderfully loathsome as a boater-wearing fancy lad who kisses our heroine like she’s his grandmother — wasn’t the only rising star in its impressive cast; Helena Bonham Carter shines in a rare, straight-up ingénue turn, while Julian Sands smolders impressively. Anglophiles will also drool over the pairing of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in supporting roles, while Denholm Elliot shines as Sands’ kindhearted and socially awkward father. It’s got the period trappings and formal (read: slow-ish) style of your usual Merchant-Ivory production, but there’s plenty happening under the delicate surface, as Carter struggles with the eternal partner-choosing question of steadiness or passion.
The legendary partnership between director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala had been going on for nearly two decades before hitting their most famous stride in 1986 with A ROOM WITH A VIEW, launching a period that would define Merchant Ivory productions as well as art house cinema in the 1980s and 90s. The four films in the Merchant Ivory "English period" - including MAURICE, HOWARD'S END, and THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, have come to represent a very specific kind of lavish British filmmaking. In A ROOM WITH A VIEW (adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster), a young Edwardian woman's romantic awakening on a trip to Italy becomes a defining moment in her life,…
Young Maggie Smith AND Judi Dench. Crazy!
The story of a woman who ultimately chooses passion and love over security. Daniel Day Lewis is one of a kind in this film. If ever there was moisture in a woman's body his character is the type that would suck it dry like a sponge. There's is also a nice scene with several men frolicking in a pond naked, flopping flaccid wieners and all! One of Helena Bonham Carters first films, and she does very well in it.
Watched by Miriam Sheehan on the flatscreen with the whole family.
This is now one of my favorite films ever. The feel of the whole film is lighthearted and playful, while digging very deep into human emotions and problems. In this movie Helena Bonham Carter is 19, and she is so beautiful, and already an incredible actress. The main love interest, George Emerson, is acted by Julian Sands, and is the most lovable character imaginable. All the characters are superb, and watching them is a rewarding experience in of itself.
The landscapes and coloring in this film is by far the best I have ever seen. The coloring is golden and rich, candy for the eyes. And the landscape is…
The film's floridly operatic, impassioned romanticism gives this slight story of self-discovery through love an enthralling baroqueness, setting its simple life lessons in a subjective evocation of Bonham Carter's sexual awakening. Pairing this impassioned romance with a witty sense of humor further sets the film apart from the stilted costume dramas the Merchant-Ivory brand has come, somewhat unfairly, to be associated with.
The film ably avoids the taint of trite nostalgia or quaintness by air airing is firmly within Bonham Carter's experience, evoking the emotional experience rather than any attempt at objective realism, allowing the grandly operatic score and vibrant cinematography to heighten the ripe lushness of the romantic Italian scenes, alive with passionate beauty in rustic courtyards and verdant…
So much better than I expected.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW is a benign, romantic, and well-acted period drama, though it seems a bit too eager to wrap things up in a nice, neat bow at the end.
Charming film. Intelligent portrait of English life. Colourful characters, among a lovely landscape. Proves that subtle humour can often be the most effective. I especially like the rather ineffectual Cecil and the bumbling Mr. Beed.
Worth checking out if you like period pieces. This is one of the best.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…