A Room with a View

A Room with a View

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2015
UPC: 0715515157117
Original Release: 1986
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 22,835

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maggie Smith Charlotte Bartlet
Helena Bonham Carter Lucy Honeychurch
Denholm Elliott Mr. Emerson
Julian Sands George Emerson
Daniel Day-Lewis Cecil Vyse
Simon Callow Mr. Beebe
Judi Dench Miss Lavish
Rosemary Leach Mrs. Honeychurch
Rupert Graves Freddy Honeychurch
Patrick Godfrey Mr. Eager
Fabia Drake Catherine Alan
Joan Henley Teresa Alan
Maria Britneva Mrs. Vyse
Amanda Walker The Cockney Signora
Peter Cellier Sir Harry Otway
Mia Fothergill Minnie Beebe
Patricia Lawrence Mrs. Butterworth
Mirio Guidelli Santa Croce Guide
Freddy Korner Mr. Floyd
Elizabeth Marangoni Miss Pole
Lucca Rossi Phaeton
Isabella Celani Persephone
Luigi di Fiore Murdered Youth
Kitty Aldridge The New Charlotte and Lucy
Matyelok Gibbs New Charlotte

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Production Designer

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A Room with a View 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This "special edition" of E.M. Forster's charming and trenchant work has been badly compromised by its "remastering." The colors are often "washed out " and the contrasts are so extreme that many of the darker scenes are barely visible. I bought this new edition with considerable expectations, but, no matter how many "special features" I was offered, I was disappointed. As soon as I had watched it, I played my older DVD of the movie and found I was justified in my complaint. Anyone who can find the original DVD second hand should buy it. This is too marvelous a movie to be ruined by poor reproduction technique. I give the "title" only 3 stars in its present manifestation I give it 5 (or more?) stars in the original one. In other words, it's not the "title" I object to. It's the new reproduction. Too bad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'A Room With A View' is the sumptuous Merchant/Ivory production of E.M. Forster's novel about a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) who longs to escape her claustrophobic life. To this end she's drawn to two men of varying virtue; George (Julian Sands) a fiery, passionate dreamer - alive with living, whom she meets while in Venice and Cecil (Daniel Day Lewis) the snobbish and stale, though socially acceptable, man about town from London. This is a fabulous production, elegantly mounted and rich in stellar performances that sadly, are in very short supply in today's cinema. Dame Maggie Smith is simply charming as Lucy¿s spinster and prattling aunt. But particularly with Bonham-Carter, one simply wishes that she would play more such roles. At long last ¿Room With A View¿ is preserved properly on home video. After a previously issued disc that frankly, wasn't worth the cheap piece of plastic it was minted on, this new 2-disc version does right on all accounts. The picture is stunning in a new 16:9 anamorphic transfer. Colors are rich and well balanced. Contrast and shadow levels are bang on. There is some slight shimmering but nothing to terribly distract. The audio is 5.1 and nicely represented. The music is the real kicker here. Extras include some interesting archival footage, a truncated BBC featurette which inexplicably just stops in the middle of an interview, a bit about the author and a very informative audio commentary. Regardless of the extra features shortcomings, the view from this room is stunning. Recommended!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Unmatched acting, beautiful story, magical atmosphere.
judiedid More than 1 year ago
Excellent story with great acting skills
Brigit More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully made Victorian period, romantic-comedy. The locations where this film is shot are breath taking. The film starts with a young British heiress, Lucy, on holiday in Florence, Italy with her much older cousin, Charlotte. They are upset because their rooms do not have a view as promised. A father, Mr. Emmerson, and son, George, offer their rooms with splendid views in exchange. Lucy has an encounter with George while on a picnic overlooking Florence that leaves a lasting impression on them both. The cinematography is excellent and so embellishes what is going on with the characters of this film. Likewise, the music perfectly suits the mood of the film, as well. This is a story well told, and excellently acted and filmed. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most romantic movie I have ever seen, with a little humor. I adored George character, his love for Lucy is endless and Lucy is so afraid of loving him but very brave in making a choice. Simply beautiful, the views are perfect, and of course, outstanding casts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the only movies I have ever seen that is better than the book! E.M.Forster would be proud to have this movie represent his novel of the same name. I still recommend the book as a companion to the movie. The Ivory Merchant company knows how to make great movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿A Room with a View¿ is one of my favorites. Everyone's at their best here: Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Judi Dench, Simon Callow.... My personal favorite is Daniel Day-Lewis as Helena Bonham Carter¿s snobbish husband-to-be. ¿A Room with a View¿ is charming, highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My second-favorite movie, right after The Princess Bride. If this film doesn't cheer you up, see a doctor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most romantic kisses ever in a movie...right up there with the sea-going staircase Gary Grant/Deborah Kerr kiss in ''An Affair to Remember.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of those that captures the (quirky) tone of the book beautifully...except that the end of the book is sadder, more depressing, so I am glad the movie departed from it there...A film that makes the return to every day life very difficult! GREAT music! AND, from one who loves and makes costumes, the clothing is exquisite. Enjoy!
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