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A Measured New Film
With Rewarding 'View'
Helena Bonham Carter and Judi Dench in "A Room With A View."
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and time of the year
ction of unique
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A Room with a View (Not have done such a marvelous job,
Producer Ismail Merchant, di-
rated) is a lovely, delicate, sub-
rector James Ivory, and screen-
tle film. It is made with taste,
writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
intelligence, and wit.
The theme of the film based have done an impeccable piece
on E.M. Forster's novel of the of work. Much like their earlier
The Europeans and The Bosto-
same name, is the conflict be-
nians this work is polished and
tween what we see on the sur-
face in society and the violent elegant. But, in A Room with a
View, they have achieved an ac-
emotions that swirl inside of us.
cessibility and created an in-
It's the same territory that
volvement that makes it their
Forster covered in Passage to
India and much of the underly- most successful effort to date.
The film is impeccable in
ing tension here will remind you
every detail. The casting and
of that other work.
The idea established early in the actors' performances are
the film. Immediately after the without flaw. Helena Bonham
opening sequences which are all Carter as Lucy is just the right
restrained and refined, we see a mixture of conventionality and a
quick brawl out in a Florentine pouty seething inner sexuality.
plaza. A man is killed. We Julian Sands, as her unconven-
understand what the film is ab- tional suitor, is brooding and
passionate. Daniel Day Lewis,
The story centers around Lucy who bears a striking re-
Honeychurch, played by Helena semblance to that other English
Bonham Carter, who is on a trip matinee idol Jeremy Irons, is
perfect as the bloodless, mono-
to Italy. She is chaperoned by
cled, totally indolent gentlemen.
her aunt, Charlotte Bartlett,
Denholm Elliot, in a change of
vividly characterized by the
pace from the pompous prigs
endlessly versatile Maggie
he's played lately, is warm and
Smith. On the trip, Lucy meets
wise as George's off-beat father.
and is much attracted to a
handsome, blonde young Judi Dench is a colorful, flam-
Englishman, George Emerson, boyant novelist. Rupert Graves
is wild and boyish as Lucy's
played by Julian Sands.
But, alas, they come from brother. And I could go on
different levels of society. Lucy through everyone who appears
is upper class, George is middle on screen.
and worse yet, an iconoclastic
There isn't a false note in the
free-thinker with an eccentric entire production. And that's the
father. So, Lucy rejects the mo- reward you get in "A Room with
tion that she could feel anything
a View": the events, the situa-
for George. Acting quite against
tions, and the characters all be-
her inner feelings, she becomes
come very real, the emotions
engaged to the properly rich and
palpable. So while the pace is
socially acceptable Cecil Vyse.
measured, the final result is a
The question is: Will Lucy go
full measure of satisfaction.
ahead and marry the effete
The photography throughout
Cecil, or will she be able to
is magnificent. The colors are
admit to her inner feeling and
deep, dark and rich. The film
This is putting rather baldly
i is aKpaanratw
what is handled with great
tive use of Puccini arias, sung
finesse inthe film. And, indeed
in today's world where we "let it
score the passion that seethes
all hang out," it may be a little
beneath the carefully articu-
hard to accept the delicate sen-
lated social niceties.
sihilities of this kind of story.
But we do accept them. That's
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