A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman.
It's not "Howard's", it's "Haaard's". Being an absolute linguaphile, it delights my ears to hear people speak with such marvellous enunciation, every word handled as though a valuable piece of fine china. Because one must conduct oneself with an air of respectability, mustn't one? The costumes and set designs are just as decadent as the dialogue, crafting a very convincing film visually that wonderfully evokes the period setting. It's quite an interesting class commentary that takes a little too long to get going, but once it does it's always very enjoyable, and surprisingly funny. Thompson is a treat, as ever, and there's not a weak link in the rest of the cast. Too long and a little short of real depth, it's at least eminently watchable, and a true delight for anyone who finds themselves seduced by sumptuous language.
Εξαιρετικές ερμηνείες. Σεναριακά κάπου με έχασε. Δεν ξετρελάθηκα, μη σου πω ψιλοβαρέθηκα κιόλας.
Based on the novel of the same name from E. M. Forster this Merchant Ivory production stars Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson. In Edwardian England after an old woman dies the ownership of her house becomes a concern for three different families.
It is class warfare with the usual reserved British nature as the central theme of this film with the question of which class will become the dominant one in Britain studied through the metaphor of who will inherit the property that gives it's name to the film. This film has all the excellent execution you would expect from a Merchant Ivory production although this type of film may not be everyone's taste it works well even if we are living in a world where class is becoming less and less of an issue.
Witty, Great-looking, very well-acted and sharp examination of class relations in England at the beginning of the 20th century. Its solid emotional buildup is so inconspicuous that the power of its climax is a shock.
I saw this in the theater. Depressing story but some nice cinematography and acting.
A great movie, especially performance wise (Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Thompson stand out). The film feels timeless, and avoids the pitfalls of 1990 film editing cliches.
Good cast and set but it's dreadfully British!
This period drama shows Emma Thompson at top form. I was truly impressed with Ivory approach to Forster much loved book.
James Ivory's Howards End is set in the early 20th century England where the two sisters Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) and Helen Schlegel (Emma Thompson) who soon have to leave the home they have been living in all their lives, because it's going to be thorn down in order to build more flats. Helen also befriends an old lady named Ruth Wilcox (Venessa Redgrave) who thinks it's sad that Helen have to move. Ruth tells her about her birth place Howards End and how wonderful it is. But then Ruth dies and she have bequeathed Howards End to Helen. Ruth's family can't believe i, so in order not to make a case out of it, Ruth's widow husband Henry (Anthony…
A well acted drama dragged down ever so slightly by it's somewhat dull tone. The film certainly isn't one to watch while tired- the film is not dramatic in the slightest bit, with only a few scenes that resort to melodramatic plot devices. Instead, the film relies on a well written screenplay and excellent actors to bring the film to life. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are both great, though it was Helena Bonham Carter who stole the show. I'm so used to seeing her on the big screen as some sort of gothic character that it was both refreshing and exciting to see her play such a normal part. The sets and cinematography are also great. I do wish the film was a bit more exciting, but that's only a minor complaint.