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.
Common tale of girl who desires more from a relationship than a boring, pretentious snob. A tryst in Italy. Meets a man with some passion. Difficulties ensue. Don't know if the male lead, who plays the role of Mr. Emerson really fits the bill. He mumbles his lines. Not the archetypal charming character. The soundtrack is particularly well done. 'You want a bathe?'
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?
The most faithful book adaptation I've ever seen. Ever. Bonham Carter is adorable as Lucy, Sands is the perfect George, and Graves has gorgeous hair as the hilarious Freddy. Almost every single frame is like a beautiful painting, and the fun pond scene evokes perfectly the playful freedom that the society tried to subdue. This is exactly what I want from a costume drama: beauty, but not emptiness.
"He's the sort who can't know anyone intimately, least of all a woman. He doesn't know what a woman is. He wants you for a possession, something to look at, like a painting or an ivory box. Something to own and to display. He doesn't want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn't love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms. "
I love this film. It is primarily important for exploring the futility of subduing our passions; the underlying question is if there really is such a thing as too much culture and civilization (the answer is yes, as illustrated by the Daniel Day-Lewis character). Helena Bonham-Carter and Julian Sands are a wonderful pair, and they surrounded by a terrific supporting cast, including Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.
I don't how I never heard of the director and this movie before until now! I'm very surprised. I suppose it came to me in the right period of time of my life. Highly enjoyed the projection of realism with its full rawness embroidered with a lovely soft texture. The sound is amazing. The picturesque scenes are spectacular. Charming was the definition of my pleasure while watching it.
Suitably arch adaptation of Forster's sly comedy of English manners with some gloriously fruity cameos and typically restrained direction from Ivory. See through its fey, lace doily reputation if you can into a film with more to say about England than a couple of Loaches and Leighs thrown together.