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A Room with a View [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1986]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New interviews with Ivory, Pierce-Roberts, costume designer John Bright, and actors Helena Bonham Carter, Simon Callow, and Julian Sands
  • Segment about Merchant Ivory Productions from a 1987 episode of NBC Nightly News
  • Trailer

Synopsis

A Room With a View
Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith). While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide variety of personalities; the most fascinating of their fellow tourists -- at least in Lucy's eyes -- is free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Aware that her cousin is becoming too familiar with Emerson, Charlotte demands that Lucy return to England posthaste. Lucy complacently settles for the tiresomely traditional courtship of nerdish Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis) -- and then Mr. Emerson moves into the neighborhood. Lucy now finds herself on the horns of a dilemma: Should she opt for a safe, proper marriage to Cecil, or the bohemian unpredictability of the charismatic Emerson? A winner of three Academy Awards, A Room with a View is not what one could call fast-moving, but fans of the Merchant-Ivory team will enjoy luxuriating in the film's leisurely pace and stimulating cast of characters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Maggie Smith
    Maggie Smith - Charlotte Bartlet
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    Helena Bonham Carter - Lucy Honeychurch
  • Denholm Elliott
    Denholm Elliott - Mr. Emerson
  • Julian Sands
    Julian Sands - George Emerson
  • Daniel Day-Lewis
    Daniel Day-Lewis - Cecil Vyse
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