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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films!
I saw this film when it first came out, in the theater, and it has remained one of my favorite films. It was the first film I bought when I got a VCR. This is one of those elegant Merchant-Ivory productions (which also include Maurice and A Passage to India, other E.M. Forster adaptations to film) that sets the late Victorian/early twentieth century world in upper- to...
Published on June 23 2004 by Charles Sutherland
1.0 out of 5 stars A Room With A View
Terrible. I was so looking forward to viewing this Ivory classic but when I received it I discovered it would not play because it was for another region that apparantly would not play in North America. It was not clearly labeled as unviewable for North American viewing. I now will have to return it. It was most irritating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films!,
The stars of this film include Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy, the heroine, and Julian Sands as George Emerson, her free-spirited suitor, who shocks everyone by doing such risque things as running around without a jacket, or kissing someone (willing) in a field of poppies. The official suitor of Lucy is the stuffed-shirt Cecil Vyse, whose personality seems like it is jammed in a vise. There are great performances by Judi Dench (as a conventional free-spirit, one who likes to be freespirited but not at the expense of reputation), Rupert Graves, Simon Callow, Denhom Elliot, and an outstanding performance (as always, she just has to walk on the set and the film gets an extra star) by Maggie Smith, as the gossipy and fretting aunt and chaperone to Lucy, who eventually comes round to recognizing and rejoicing in the true love of Lucy and George.
The sets are beautiful, the costumes all very much a part of the period, as are the small touches that make up the style of English society that Forster was trying to expose and celebrate in different ways both at the same time. The music is enchanting, with the glorious opera piece "O Mio Bambino Caro" sung by Kiri te Kanawa.
5.0 out of 5 stars To see movie,
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This review is from: Room With a View [Import] (VHS Tape)good acting and well cast with each actor playing well. Photography was excellent and of course the film followed the book fairly well.
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This review is from: A Room with a View [Region 2] (DVD)Terrible. I was so looking forward to viewing this Ivory classic but when I received it I discovered it would not play because it was for another region that apparantly would not play in North America. It was not clearly labeled as unviewable for North American viewing. I now will have to return it. It was most irritating.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE VIEW FROM THIS ROOM IS STUNNING!,
TRANSFER: At long last, yes! After a previously issued disc that frankly, wasn't worth the cheap piece of plastic it was recorded 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: Some interesting archival footage, a BBC featurette, a bit about the author and a very informative audio commentary.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a keeper!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best kissing scenes ever!,
And the kissing scenes. The type that makes your hear go pitter patter and faint. When George first kisses Lucy without any reservations or hesitation- so passsionate! Then he does it again back in England so boldly, since Lucy's fiance Cecil is but a few feet away. The last scene where Lucy and George are kissing and the windows are open letting the view come forth, this is more emotionally charged and sexual than any sex scene I have ever come across in any movie.
Hard to believe that Julian Sands did not become a major romantic lead after this movie. (He could have been like Hugh Grant or better yet Colin Firth or even his costar Daniel Day Lewis) I think he needs to find another agent. I've seen him in other movies though I didn't really notice him until this one. And his other movies are quite bad. Sad to think this movie close to 20 years old is his highlight. He gives such a good performance as George Emerson. He doesn't say much but when he does it's full of meaning. His facial expressions say much more than words could. And just the way he looks at Lucy....when he is looking at her feet after they are done playing tennis - it literally takes my breath away. How could he make looking at feet look so sexy, hot and deliciously wicked all at the same time?!
Daniel Day Lewis as Cecil. Cecil is such a bore,.but I mean it in a good way. Didn't exude any type of sexuality or passion in the least. Hard to believe this is the same guy who made women watch Last of The Mohicans over and over just for him and become so violent in Gangs of New York. Daniel Day Lewis did such a good job with this part I barely recognized him.
Helena Bonham Carter - repressed yet so full of possibilites. And very innocent - was this really the same woman in Fight Club! Demure yet becoming increasingly vocal. And she's gone on to such great roles after this.
There are just too many great actors to name. I love Denholm Holt who played Mr. Emerson. He was so endearing and charming.
Maggie Smith plays the chaperone! Maybe you can get Julian Sands a role in the next Harry Potter movie.
This is such a beauitiful movie. I just wish the DVD had more extras. I wish it had some interviews with all the cast members, and a making of the movie. I would give it 5 stars, but the lack of extras on the DVD earns it a 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning...,
4.0 out of 5 stars Zest for life film in brilliant Blu-ray featuring a fine cast of actors...,
This review is from: A Room With a View [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This film is based on the novel of the same name by E.M.Forster, published in 1908, and is set in Florence, Italy and the English countryside. The movie is a coming of age story about the freeing of self from the repression of British upper class manners and mores. This is a hysterically humorous life affirming film filled with hilarious performances, from the pompous Cecil (Daniel Day Lewis), to the awkward Charlotte (Maggie Smith), to the demented old woman with flowers in her hair. Things get off to a bit of a slow start, and the stabbing in the square, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, comes across as contrived. Initially the blossoming love affair between Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter) and George (Julian Sands) seems to take second stage to the the joyous expression of life conveyed by the multiple characters. When the three men jump naked into the pond and splash about it seems as if George could just as easily have formed a relationship with either of the other men. George loves life, and is an expression of life, and his attraction to Lucy seems as if it's only a reflection of his love for life itself. Lucy though has something boiling deep inside her too, and her love of Beethoven's music reflects this, but it takes some time before this intensity rises to the surface and she comes into her own.
Seeing the young Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day Lewis is a treat. Helena's shy, naive character is a curious thing to watch early on given that her later movie roles are so energized. It is only about three quarters of the way through the film, once she rejects Cecil, that she truly blossoms and comes into her own. It's as if she sees her potential for the first time, and she seems repeatedly pleasantly surprised to find that she has this other side.
Daniel Day Lewis portrays his character with the same wry wit that we have come to enjoy in his more recent films. When we hear that Cecil is taking Lucy's snub hard there is nothing further from the truth. Cecil's character is a humorous study of an individual enclosed in his self satisfied intellectualized world, who seems out of touch with everything. Daniel Day Lewis seems to relish the role and pushes his character to the edge of absurd.
The romance between Lucy and George never really seems real until the very end when they are in Florence sitting in the frame of the window kissing. George is an uninhibited young man, and Lucy reacts to his stolen kisses early on with surprise. Gradually this vibrant young man awakens something within her. This shift is accentuated by the shift from the stuffy ornate interiors seen earlier in the film to the natural environments of fields and ponds Lucy and George find themselves surrounded by later on.
Julian Sands, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliot, and Simon Callow also star.
This film is a gorgeously filmed movie, from the rich interiors to the marvelous landscapes, and the Blu-ray transfer takes full advantage of this.
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful to watch,
This review is from: A Room With a View (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Import] (DVD)Typical of Merchant Ivory productions, this one is visually sumptuous: The cinematography is faultless, the golden light of Florence and the cooler hues of the English countryside reproduced to perfection and the costumes and sets above reproach. The story however is inconsequential, with a predicable plot having no dramatic tension to speak of and the characters are amusing but one-dimensional. A pleasant, easy to take film to watch beside a cozy fire on a winter evening as long as you don't crave any excitement!
5.0 out of 5 stars They do not come better than this,
Even the humor in the movie is unusual. When the English chaplain in Florence, Mr Eager shows a chapel and mentions, "Remember that this was built by faith in the full fervor of medievalism", it prompts, Mr Emerson to say, "Faith indeed. It simply means that the workers were not paid well." The movie has understated humor that is refreshing compared to the usual slapstick. Scenes were the brother and sister are together are especially funny.
A lot of people found the movie too slow. Well, this is not a cop movie, it requires one to think about what goes underneath each person. The movie is based on one of the special books that breaks down class distinctions, though it is subtle and dignified. I personally felt that this was the best movie of the year and easily bet "Platoon" in its class. 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Executed,
Casting is impeccable: Maggie Smith couldn't be better cast as 'Poor Charlotte'...who is as passive-aggressive as they come. Judi Dench, as always, does a lot w/a little role. But it really is Daniel Day-Lewis, Julian Sands and Helena Bonham Carter who make the movie. Especially Day-Lewis who can annoy the hell out of you and then on a dime make you feel like his heart has actually been shattered. Don't count Rupert Graves, Simon Callow or Rosemary Leach short. All do excellent jobs.
Some reviews (from the original released version) have mentioned that the audio was out of synch w/the video. I had this trouble w/this 'special edition' on my mid-priced Sony player - but the DVD plays just fine on my laptop.
The 2nd disk is almost not needed. Except for a documentary/video-obituary on E.M. Forester, the extras are horrid.
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