A Room With A View

A Room With A View

DVD - 2015
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"Merchant Ivory Productions, led by director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, became a household name with A Room with a View, the first of their extraordinary adaptations of E. M. Forster novels. A cherubic nineteen-year-old Helena Bonham Carter plays Lucy Honeychurch, a young, independent- minded, upper-class Edwardian woman who is trying to sort out her burgeoning romantic feelings, divided between an enigmatic free spirit (Julian Sands) she meets on vacation in Florence and the priggish bookworm (Daniel Day-Lewis) to whom she becomes engaged back in the more corseted Surrey. Funny, sexy, and sophisticated, this gargantuan art-house hit features a sublime supporting cast -- including Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Denhom Elliott, and Maggie Smith -- and remains a touchstone of intelligent romantic cinema."--Container.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2015
Edition: Director-approved DVD special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD ROO 1985 Dra
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : 2.0 Dolby digital Surround digital sd., col. ; 12 cm. + 1 folded sheet insert


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Jan 23, 2019

" But I don't want to be a Leonardo. I want to be myself."

Jul 02, 2018

This is a wonderful movie. A great story line, romance and humor. The scenes of the countrysides of Italy and England are idyllic, lovely, colorful. I could watch this movie over and over again. The contrasts are memorable: class system, standards, prejudices, wealth, love and marriage.

LPL_TriciaK Feb 22, 2018

Daniel Day-Lewis.
Maggie Smith.
Judi Dench.
Helena Bonham Carter.
Lush production.
Bucolic settings.
Love story.

Aug 26, 2017

The sound track is beautiful, the photography, lovely. The characters range in age from very young to very old, and every one of them is a gem given space to be him or herself. The story is romantic--very romantic--and split between Italy and rural England. The plot is slow--luxuriously slow--like the blooming of a tree in the spring--and the villian is, in my opinion, a very fine fellow. The romance has an element of love between a man and a woman, or two men and a woman...but that is only a small sliver of the romance, which extends to nature, truth, cultural tendrils, wilderness in the garden, and light...and the challenge of surviving the passion of Bach while maintaining social decorum.

Some things are missing from this movie: guns, sexual intercourse, mental depravity, a car chase...special effects. If these are what you are after, you will like many movies, but probably not this one.

Jul 26, 2017

Clever and much funnier than the book - watch only if you're fond of beautiful English gardens, fabulous Italian art - and spot on acting where the characters say a thousand things with a single half smile... and then there's the life affirming plot...

Apr 25, 2017

Mesmerizing. I could watch it a hundred times!

Mar 26, 2017

A fairly good movie...you just have to be aware of the full frontal nudity scene of everyone swimming in a pond. It is definately an adult movie for sure.

Mar 04, 2017

I wish I could see what others see in this - I saw it when it was new. I saw it last week. I was not impressed or engaged either time. Was there some chemistry or romance I missed - I didn't see any. I'm still trying to understand what I was supposed to get out of it. What a cast though!

Jan 07, 2016

Not deserving of anywhere near 5 stars... the plot was thin, the characters motivations weren't really shown, maybe they assumed everyone read the book. I at least thought it would have been romantic from these reviews, all it had was pretty scenery.

I can't really knock the performances, just the babbling script, direction and possibly the editing because it feels like everything showing how or why or when those two fell for each other was left on the floor.

Sep 30, 2015

British entertainment at its best.

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Mar 19, 2012

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster.
Set in the early 1900's. "Tells the story of the coming of age of Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter). Longing to burst free from the repression of British upper class manners and mores, she must wrestle with her inner romantic longings to choose between the...
Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham-Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands, Simon Callow, Patrick Godfrey, Judi Dench, Fabia Drake, Joan Henley, Amanda Walker, Daniel Day-Lewis, Maria Britneva, Rosemary Leach, Rupert Graves, Peter Cellier, Mia Fothergill.
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Mar 27, 2011

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?


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Mar 27, 2011

The Reverend Mr. Eager: Remember the facts about this church of Santa Croce; how it was built by faith in the full fervour of medievalism.
Mr. Emerson: Built by faith indeed! That simply means the workers weren't paid properly.

Mar 27, 2011

George Emerson: My father says that there is only one perfect view, that of the sky over our heads.
Cecil Vyse: I suspect your father has been reading too much Dante.

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Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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