In this Merchant Ivory adaptation of E. M. Forster’s 1908 critique of priggish Edwardian manners, a moment of passion threatens to overturn everything when Lucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman touring Italy with her older cousin, finds herself unchaperoned in the ravishing Tuscan countryside…
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Merchant/Ivory's fine adaptation of the Forster novel is a clever study of social decorum versus the emergence of passion that struck a strong note with audiences on release in '85. A major launching ground for performers namely Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Day Lewis and Julian Sands; but also strong turns by veterans Smith, Elliot and Dench as well. Exceptionally crafted, acted and written picture.
I wish it never had to end. Helena is so sweet in ivory and floral, and I now want to decorate my room with cornflowers and poppies and become an expert in Italian opera. Oh Mr. Beebe and his grasp of Beethoven. Oh George, our Byronic Hero.
Here's another film about a woman with a special relationship to her piano.Wonderful use of music and pictures, a splendid cast - "A room with a view" is the perfect adaptation of E. M. Foster's novel; light-hearted, romantic and more than just a bit comical. A quintessential summer film.
In what is probably the best Merchant Ivory I've seen to date, the film captures both the oppression/repression of society & the absolute freedom of the natural world. While it moves at it's own beautiful pace & there's plenty of great performances, special considerations should go to DDL (born to play Cecil) & Sands (who doesn't do much but sells it) as the leading men. Who knew this would be so sappy and hilarious?
At the time, this was a refreshing change of pace, with so many excellent actors. Then the costume drama turned into a plague, and there is now a law saying that England must churn out 2 or 3 of these a year.
Ivory's film is one of the rare examples for literary adaptions where every detail - cinematography, music, dialogues, actors, colors, a subtle irony and more - fit together perfectly. Besides, Judy Dench as the smart-alec English writer and Maggie Smith as her correct counterpart are a marvellous choice.