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The minute that you turn this 1986 movie on your DVD player, you will be oohing and aahing over the gorgeous scenery and mesmerized by the seductive classical music that accompanies the story.
Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone Charlotte Bartlett(Maggie Smith) are in Florence during the Edwardian age in England (late 1880s, I presume). Their first disappointment is that they have been booked into a room in the pensione (hotel) without a view of the Arno River and all of the sights of the city. But then Mr. Emerson (Denholm Elliot) and his son George (Julian Sands) offer to switch rooms with them. Then we start to see the snobbery and easily offended ways of the British during this time. But the Emersons are not snobs--they are free spirits, and Mr. Emerson is worried about his son who is very romantic but lacks a lady.
The first mingling of the two young leads occurs when they are touring the city, and a murder happens in the courtyard where all the famous statues can be found (David, Poseidon, and more). Lucy faints, and George comes to her rescue. Lucy, being very sheltered, gets away from George. But then during a picnic in the Tuscan countryside, he steals a passionate kiss with her, and she responds. Her chaperone Charlotte Bartlett is horrified and terminates the whole trip.
Back in England, Lucy quickly becomes engaged to a fastidious snob Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day Lewis). He is mesmerized by her piano artistry but lacks the ability to even kiss her. Additionally, he expresses his superior attitude about his family over Lucy's, and is turned off by the Honeychurch ability to have fun with sports and the piano.
And then the fun begins when Cecil runs into the Emersons at a London museum and recommends that they move to the little village. Now that George is present in the little village in England, will Lucy be able to deny her feelings for him, will she marry Cecil, and definitely more exciting things are about to happen.
This movie was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 3 Oscars--adapted screenplay (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala), costume design, and art direction. Additionally, it established its director James Ivory as an expert in bringing British period pieces to the screen. Ivory would also give credit to his partner Ismail Merchant, who also worked with him on "Howard's End" and "Maurice."
My only warning is that this movie has a "bathing" scene in a small country lake with full frontal nudity of 3 of the male characters. Therefore, be careful with children seeing this otherwise lovely experience.
I think George should have wacked Cecil upside the head with the tennis racket! ok sorry I just had to say that! I'm getting ahead of myself..Let's start at the beginning shall we..two Ladies on a trip to Italy..fussing because they don't have a view..a Father and his Son sweetly offer them their rooms with a view thus begins the romance between pretty Lucy Honeychurch and handsome George Emerson..quiet, reserved, sweet George is a cute mix with feisty, sweet, love starved Lucy! I have several favorite moments the first being George being gallant when Lucy faints..where I'm from guys would let you hit the ground then if you are lucky they will say are you ok..I once stumbled fell and dropped my bags of groceries..the Man behind me made a point of looking away from my direction as he scooted past me..so yes chivalry is dead..my second favorite scene is the first kiss and then the second oooh how romantic..this ,movie is for everyone of all ages, but be warned there is full frontal nudity..the only problem I have is Helen Bonham Carters singing..why do film makers insist on letting those who cannot sing sing? Helen Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith and the cast of thousands or maybe it's hundreds are a pure joy to watch they make you laugh and cry..keep an eye out for Freddy and Mr. Beebe..they are hysterical..especially in the lake scene with George! Give this movie a chance you'll be glad you did!
This is the first Merchant Ivory production, and it is a good one. Helena Bonham Carter is quite young in this , but she gives a superb performance.
The movie is not rated, but to caution those sensitive viewers, there is some frontal nudity. Overall I would recommend this to one who enjoyed Howard's End, The Wings of the Dove, etc.
This is a lovely film that begins in Florence, Italy. It follows the travels and love interests of a young English girl with her proper English chaperone. Like many BBC productions the costumes, horse carriages, lavish estate homes and wonderful actors make every scene very realistic. Very well done. One of those movies you will watch over and over again if you like comedy and romance. This movie is hard to find in the stores but easy to buy on ebay. I saved $10 off retail when I bought it on ebay and that made me happy too!
Well I personally dont think either fella deserved the gal for sure in this nice movie, however the message fundamentally is that men lacking a sound emotional footing along with the capacity to love and care and cherish with real passion should be valued above and in deed accepted exclusively over those whose orientation is in fact in opposite variance to this. The alternative is calamity for the soul and a dead meaningless existence of excruciating inner turmoil. That siad, the fell who wins out here, is a bit less than altogether intellectually adept. Spirited though he is. As such I think theres another model to be found, better than what is presented here for Ms. Helena Bonham Carter. A nice performance is offered by Maggie Smith (The prime of Ms. Jean Brodie)and the cinematic shots are quite pleasing to the eye.