Few filmmakers are as effective as the Merchant-Ivory team! In “A Room with a View,”
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this Academy Award-winnng team take another E.M. Forster novel and bring it to
cinematic life (Forster seems a favorite of theirs!). Starring Helena Bonham Carter and
Daniel Day Lewis, the film divides its setting between two locations--Florence and England.
And it is Edwardian England, a time that evokes “manners and mores of another era”!
At times scathing in its attacks, it is also hilarious, amusing, entertaining, and a little bit
frustrating! Dame Maggie Smith plays the overbearing chaperone to this ever-proper
young English lady Carter. Cinematically the film is excellent and is held together by a
musical score that will entrance you for all its 117 minutes. It is of another era, and while
not “gone with the wind,” it nonetheless is history. It seems such a simpler time, a simpler
life. Alas, sigh, not so! But the movie makes a grand impact.
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs