The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
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.
"Do we bow or do we cut them dead?"
How utterly delightful.
A restored print of James Ivory's acclaimed E.M. Forster adaptation was screened at Cannes this weekend, with director and legendary star Vanessa Redgrave both present on the red carpet for the celebration and though I wasn't lucky enough to be there myself I didn't intend to miss out.
Part epic tragedy and part comedy of errors, Howards End is a brilliantly written and lushly depicted film about families, class and how when all is said and done, the smallest things in life can become large, while the largest things can end up being unbelievably small.
I'd say it's probably better to go in knowing next to nothing of…
There's simply something so charming about this one. As charming as Vanessa Redgrave's frock train gliding through blades of grass.
Very English-major. Beautifully shot, love the music too!
Merchant/Ivory give E.M. Forster's novel the Masterpiece Theatre treatment, and the result is an accomplished and beautiful-looking film, if one that misses out on the psychological complexity of Forster's novel.
Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter play two Bohemian sisters who find themselves embroiled in the affairs of an aristocratic and business-oriented family and its estate when the family matriarch (played imperiously by Vanessa Redgrave) dies. You can feel the movie hitting all of the novel's high points, and it's never less than tasteful and respectful to Forster, but the whole thing feels more dutiful than inspired.
Also with Anthony Hopkins, fresh off his Oscar win the year before for "The Silence of the Lambs."
I like what the movie represents and how it was structured but it ran a little long for me. I couldn't wait for it to be over. But I liked Emma Thompson and the costumes.
Deceptively simple, but expertly executed and layered.
Why didn't Emma Thompson become a style icon after this the way Diane Keaton did after Annie Hall? Did you see the stunts she was pulling? That short tie with the gray cardigan, all those tipped hats, she was truly ahead of the game in this.
Filled with wit, nuance, and performances from Thompson, HBC, Redgrave that could tear down all social classes.
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.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
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