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A Room with a View

Directed by James Ivory
United Kingdom, 1985


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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A Room with a View Directed by James Ivory

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | 3 wins including: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

1987 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

Independent Spirit Awards

1987 | Winner: Special Distinction Award

National Board of Review

1986 | 2 wins including: Best Film

1986 | Nominee: Top Ten Films

All these years later, surely it’s time to sweep aside the preconceptions and see the film for what it is: fresh, sophisticated, and above all, passionate. And that A Room With a View is also lovely to look at detracts neither from its comic wisdom nor its status as one of the best movies of the ’80s.
February 17, 2016
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Part of Merchant Ivory’s gift was recognizing which masterpieces of world literature would translate well, providing material that can actually be photographed in addition to superlative prose (which can’t). A Room With A View, with its clash between stiff propriety and unruly passion, was ideal, and also provided a superb showcase for some of England’s greatest actors, few of whom were well known at the time.
September 30, 2015
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A Room with a View is a masterful example of how to take well-regarded literary source material, render it in a manner that displays the visual markers of middlebrow sophistication, like ornamental costume design and fine-tuned “art direction,” as the Oscars like to call it, and intersperse it with surface-level controversies, like three heterosexual men chasing each other around a pond with their dicks out.
September 30, 2015
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