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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.
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…
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Daniel Day Lewis' posture alone is a reason to watch this film.
While I've admired the other Merchant/Ivory films I've seen, A Room with a View is the one I've enjoyed the most by far. Adapted from the novel by E.M. Forster, it's a very, very British story about young Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her older cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith) vacationing in Florence. When the bright, passionate George Emerson (Julian Sands) becomes smitten with Lucy and surprises her with a kiss, it turns her world upside down, causing her to reconsider what she wants from life and what is expected of her, not least of all her engagement to upper-class twit Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis). This all sounds like a particularly dry episode of Masterpiece Theatre, and it is very formal…
Ivory's stately costume drama is a strong example of the genre indeed. He isn't afraid to insert comedy and honest evocations within the film, telling the story as faithfully to the book as he can, while still earning its place as a film. The performances are strong across the board, especially a supporting turn by a prim and prissy Daniel Day Lewis.
The movie has something to say, using its fleshed out ensemble cast, about the way women were expected to behave in the time. Sure, the story has an ending we should expect, but it doesn't necessarily go contrary to what the film argues, that we should treasure passionate love over more heady reasons. Forster was writing this novel…
Could the romance here
Be any slower or more
Tepid? I think not.
There’s a familiarity to A Room With A View, both as a period drama and as a Merchant Ivory production, that’s both enormously comforting and a little frustrating. Helena Bonham Carter makes the most of an early role as Lucy Honeychurch, a girl in Edwardian England who, on a trip to Florence with her imperious cousin (Maggie Smith, only mildly less acidic than usual), stirs the heart of Julian Sands’ morose George Emerson. A couple of unexpectedly passionate moments in the Tuscan wilderness ensue before Lucy is back in Surrey and engaged to the stuffy Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis), only for the unlikely return of George to throw both her head and her heart into a tailspin.
A few modern…
Something About Florence
The thing is, I've seen Stiff Upper Lips like a dozen times at least, and it's a parody of this, among other films of its nature. I'd never actually seen this before, though. So when various characters appeared, one of the things I'd think was not what I'd actually seen them in before but how much they resemble the person playing their stand-in from the other movie. This is the explanation I'm going with for why I didn't recognize Daniel Day-Lewis. That and, you know, this was nearly thirty years ago and one of his very first roles. Helena Bonham Carter, whose film debut it was, still looks recognizably like herself; if you dressed her in period…
Just as lovely as I remembered it.
I'm no big fan of these high-class period pieces, but this one is kind of fun and pops out at you for some reason. Helena Bonham Carter gives a pre-Tim Burton performance that feels quite natural, and she's backed up by Mr. Day Lewis and Denholm Elliot amongst others. There's the whole love triangle thing going on, but it's more fun than most films of this type, and the production design is also beautiful and worthy of recognition. Not to mention some quirky humor. If you're feeling brave, check it out.
wonderful art direction
My quibbles have more to do with Forster than Merchant/Ivory (George goes beyond dream into semi-ridiculous; to paraphrase Kael "he's a satyr with nothing but goodness in his heart"). So that means that this exquisite, delightful, charming, silly, brilliant, and melancholy movie remains one of my absolute favorites things in the world.
Every time I watch I pick a different character to adore: This time it was Rosemary Leach as the bustling Mrs. Honeychurch, making extremely British hay out of lines like "Well, pick it up! Pick it up! Don't stand there idling!" She only just edged out my forever boyfriend Rupert Graves however.
While it was nice to see Helena Bonham Carter in a movie before Tim Burton got a hold of her and mandated that she dress like a goth character, the movie is pretty damn boring. It has that typical British meandering; "let's make this movie unnecessarily long and call it art" flow to it. Daniel Day Lewis is great, as always, though I would much rather have seen him play the main male love interest.
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- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
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