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A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.
“I think about my house a great deal. You’ve never seen Howards End. I want to show it to you.”
One likes what one likes, oftentimes without knowing why. Quality is important, to be sure, and can cut through antagonistic predispositions. But attraction is something ineffable and frequently inexplicable. You may not be able to say what it is you love about the object of your affection, but of that love you have no doubt.
For a long time, I couldn’t say precisely why I loved Howards End. Perhaps it was its European literary vintage and the sheen of sophistication it offered. Perhaps it was the precision of the plotting, with threads interweaving and resolving like clockwork without seeming forced…
Film #25 of Project 90
”They are British to the backbone, of course, but their father was German, which is why they care for literature and art.”
An excellently made British period drama set in the early days of Twentieth century which focuses on the life of various characters from different social classes, as a literary adaptation it is filled with numerous details and dozens of complex and lively characters who are all part of a big network of events and Howards End’s main achievement is that it succeeds in creating a very enjoyable and well-structured story which is very similar in tone and pace to the overall structure of a prestigious literary work. James Ivory enjoyed this experience so…
"The poor are poor. One feels sorry for them, but there it is." ~ Henry Wilcox
This was the third Merchant/Ivory adaptation of an E.M. Forster novel and the most successful one of the bunch. It earned over $70 million against a budget of just $8 million and garnered nine Academy Award nominations, including wins for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction and Best Actress (Emma Thompson).
The story brings together three families in an allegory representing the decline of classism in Britain. The Wilcox family represents the old, landed upper-class, still focused on empire-building and preserving social order at the turn of the 20th century. The Schlegels are the educated and progressive middle-class, concerned with philanthropy and social causes,…
I have a confession: The only reason I bought this film is because it was an out of print Criterion, and I hoped to be able to sell it sometime later for a better price, since I got it at the B&N sale. The fact is, I don't really like Victorian/Edwardian era films. Stuff like Jane Eyre and Downton Abbey don't really interest me in the least, and I really find them particularly boring. But when I saw James Ivory's "Howard's End," I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Perhaps it was just the fact that Helena Bonham Carter was in it, but Howard's End entranced me into it's beautiful Edwardian era…
An incredibly well-made period drama that I can't really fault. I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to call this a masterpiece as many have (i.e. it's my mom's favorite film), but I certainly think it's an exceptional film. Thompson and Bonham-Carter are, as expected, the standouts.
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I didn't see this coming. After coming off mostly cold to A Room with a View, this feels like the complete polar opposite. Astonishingly well directed, written so that it's appropriately tragic while also self aware in the hilarity of it all (something period films tend to miss). Everyone is firing on all cylinders, but it's Emma Thompson who is Queen here. It's a testament to how awesome she is here that every time she was off screen I was just waiting for us to return to her.
Another film from my Criterion Collection list checked off.
A great looking blu. Emma Thompson is as wonderful as ever. Anthony Hopkins was perfectly cast. And Helena Bonham Carter is superb even when not playing crazy.
A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.
A successful adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel about moral hypocrisy thanks to a wonderful cast and tasteful production.
Howards End is not the film you think it is. Or at least, it isn't until perhaps halfway through its runtime, when its themes begin to truly unravel, and the audience suddenly realises that the story that is being told is not the important aspect of the film. No, the importance of this film lies in the subtext, in its message told. A message of greed, of hate, of companionship, and of empathy. All such things that exist so abundantly in human nature, and yet we decide to hide from them instead of confront them.
That is, except for Helen Schlegel. Helen is part of a middle-class family, whose sister Margaret, is bestowed the estate Howards End in the will…
As this film progressed I grew more invested in the beauty of the scenery, the incredible acting of Redgrave, Hopkins, Bonham-Carter, and Thompson, and the clever unfolding of the plot. I know now that I would absolutely love to live in such a beautiful and isolated abode as Howards End later in my life.
Helena and Emma as the Schlegel sisters for life.
This is the kind of period drama that makes period dramas worth watching. Based of the E.M Forster novel, the film explores themes of family and home and changing times. All the characters are so well drawn and beautifully brought to life by a brilliant cast. Great portrait of an English family after the turn of the century. Complete with lush cinematography that takes us from the grimy streets of London, to the serene countryside. Must see for every Anglophile!
Howards End is an almost stiflingly bland and at times confusing film that lacks a true spark, and in adapting the novel, creates a confusing and difficult to follow narrative, not helped by lackluster direction.
There are positives, since the acting is spot on through out. The shame is that, no matter how good the acting is (props to Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Thompson), the story is so complex, and the character motivations usually only alluded to, that I end up not really caring about anyone in the story. On top of that, most of the characters end up creating their own problems, and therefore loose sympathy for me.
James Ivory’s direction is incredibly bland and uninspired, and his Oscar…
Its kinda similar to what happens in hawthorne's house of the seven gables -- the story follows the conventional arc of a middle-upper class psychodrama about family and individual interiority. Then the end of the second act suddenly throws that all out the window by introducing a violent and impersonal dramatic episode, more than could possibly happen in, say, pride and prejudice.
I want to say the movie is about people who *believe* they are characters in an older era english novel but find that it's impossible for us to be those people anymore. There are signs too that forster himself is torn between originally thinking he's writing austen and then realizing austen can't be written anymore.
The colouring in the Criterion remaster is absolutely gorgeous, 10/10
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