A Room With A View

A Room With A View

DVD - 2008
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In 1992 young Lucy Honeychurch and her nervous chaperone embark on a grand tour of Italy. Alongside sweeping landscapes, Lucy encounters a suspect group of characters, including socialist Mr. Emerson and his working-class son George, who both surprise and intrigue her. When piqued interest turns to potential romance, Lucy is whisked away and eventually home to England, where her attention turns to Cecil Vyse. When George appears in England determined to stop Lucy's marriage to Cecil, Lucy is faced with a difficult choice.

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CaptainHecto
Nov 12, 2018

It is pointless to dismiss this TV adaptation of Forster's novel because it is not the Merchant-Ivory classic movie. Andrew Davies had to move the screenplay along at a brisker pace because of the time constraint -- and he does a very good job of it, with especially imaginative use of piano music to convey Lucy's frame of mind. We get a fine ensemble cast, with Elaine Cassidy as a nicer Lucy Honeychurch than HB-C's over-intellectualized version, plus Timothy Spall's pitch perfect Mr Emerson. No one has captured the absurdities of the English obsession with class as well as E. M. Forster; and as soon as you hear the play of accents in the opening scene, you'll know that Andrew Davies has nailed it. The fact that he also crafted a different 'retrospective' ending does not detract from Forster's message. For heaven's sake, this is an adaptation of the novel, not an audio recording! Set aside the raft of negative comments below; this version is worth appreciating on its own terms.

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maipenrai
Oct 11, 2018

I am normally a huge fan of Masterpiece films, but I found this version to be inferior to the 1985 Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham-Carter movie. (I have been devoted to Maggie Smith since 1969's "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie".) I felt the acting in this film was rather tepid compared to that in the emotional previous version. There are very, very few Merchant - Ivory productions that have not been terrific. This is not a bad film, but if you are choosing between the two, I definitely recommend the first. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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kpelish
Apr 04, 2018

Unusual adaptation of this famous book. The DVD version with Helena Bonham-Carter is much much better.

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westcoasty
Dec 08, 2016

I have not read E.M. Forster's novel nor seen the Merchant Ivory version of this film. However, I found this movie to be vapid to the point where I wondered if it was made for tv, and hence watered down to become romance for those who think Twilight is great fiction. Although I accept the premise that someone would marry out of their class for love, I could not believe that George was sufficiently interesting to draw the heroine to flout class conventions and marry him, while the closing scene of the movie quite frankly made me want to smack the film makers upside the head, due to its complete lack of lead-in narrative.

On a more technical note, we had to adjust our set to try to clarify the dialogue, as the sound is not as crisp as it should be, and there are no subtitles or closed captioning to assist.

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KatherineHere
Jul 13, 2016

The description above should say "1910," rather than "1992." She then revisits the place in 1922. That aside, I notice there is a lot of biting criticism here about not staying true to the original, but I found this to be a very enjoyable film, great cast, beautiful scenery, and I even liked the new twist on the ending.

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CynthiaKing
May 16, 2016

This version is far, far inferior to the earlier film version with Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham-Carter at. al. Why this screen-writer thought he could improve on the ending E.M. Forster gave the book, I will never know. I wish the library would get hold of a copy of the Merchant-Ivory version.

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carlboygenius
Sep 06, 2015

NOT the Merchant/Ivory film version. ••• I found this BBC version just a lot of babble. Hard to listen to. Hard to watch.

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jblane
Jul 04, 2014

NO Closed Captions! I couldn't watch it. What a letdown!

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crisathome
Aug 23, 2013

Not as good as the version I have with Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith. I much prefer the ending of the older version with Maggie Smith to this one. This version was dry, stuffy, and not nearly as much fun as the way the other was presented.

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phoemouse
Oct 02, 2012

This is a romantic movie that takes place in England and Italy. The characters range from very young to very old, and all of them are charming. It is a study of the elegance and beauty in creativity, spontaneity, sincerity, and sensitivity to the beauty of normal life. Excellent acting, sound track, photography.

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