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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…
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?
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. ;)
Day 216 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 31: The Better Half
A very happy birthday to my other, much better half.
Lush and cinematic as this period piece may be, A Room with a View is at once intriguing and utterly dull. It's like a who's who of British talent and yet, so very few of the cast are given the opportunity to prove why they remain so memorable today.
Based on the novel by E.M. Foster, A Room with a View follows the young Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) through her travels in Italy and her eventual return to the English countryside. It is a film about love, repression, and well-mannered respectability in a…
Entertaining but a little cutesy in places. The book was better. Fun to see Maggie Smith and Judi Dench together. And Rupert Graves is SO young!
worth it for the nude scene that ends with daniel day lewis making a surprised turkey gobble noise
After two near perfect Merchant Ivory diddies, this entry did almost nothing for me; save a scene of three men bathing nude at a lake. Oh Helena, how far we have come.
Whatever Ivory-Merchant made after doesn´t matter.
I think maybe I just don't like 80's movies.
Some of the acting here is really awkward and bad. The story rambles. I don't really care about anything that's happening, and it seems as though the characters don't either.
The design is good and so is most of the photography, but I just don't see a reason to give a shit about this movie.
Love this film! I've watched it multiple times and always love it.
HBC's hair: so 1880s, and yet, so 1980s.
the acting was good but the storyline...
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