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Another Merchant-Ivory Gem
Helena Bonham-Carter with the flowing hair is once again an upper-crust English protagonist in search of true love. The story has sin, regret, unrequited love, lower/upper class differences, lower/upper class similarities, the privileged rich, lousy healthcare for the poor, and more. She and her sister, portrayed by Emma Thompson, lead happy predictable lives of tea and crumpets in their well-kept house. When HBC ventures out to a Music and Meaning concert at the local hall, her life intersects with that of Mr. Leonard Bass. Or Bast--I can't remember which. She is always losing and stealing (by accident) umbrellas for the London rain and walks off in the pouring rain with the umbrella of Mr. Bass who, of course, searches her out. If I had to rate this film among Ivory-Merchant films like A Room With A View and Remains of the Day, I would rate this one tops. The attention to color and cinematic details are exquisitely Merchant-Ivory, as is the drawing of each character. But more than ARWAV and ROTD, this film explores the tragic stupidity of class differences that become meaningless when love or tragedy strikes. Anthony Hopkins is excellent as the wealthy family patriarch who falls in love with one of the sisters. Howard's End, the beautiful countryside cottage in question, eventually finds it way into the possession of the right owner which it all it's dearly departed original owner (briefly portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave) wished for in the first place. Watch it on a rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoon with popcorn and a blanket.
Merchant- Ivory's production of Forster's famous novel about class division. Thompson won the Best Actress Oscar as a talkative intellectual who becomes wife to Hopkin's capitalist and inherits the title estate, Redgrave was Oscar- nominated as Hopkin's first wife. Won two additional Oscars for the screenplay based on E. M. Forster's novel and for it's production design. The film's class divisions come from money, love and sex; the characters are complex and the filmmaking is sensitive and old- fashioned. Intentionally- paced and emotionally- stirring. I give it a 5/5.
Oh the book was NOT so much better than the movie
- Armen Pandola
When I hard that they were making a movie of E.M. Forster's Howard's End, I was skeptical. The book is so multi-layered, so very much a novel that I doubted any movie could do it justice. How happy I was to be so wrong. The screenplay is one of the wonders of film adaptation, ranking up there with the adaptation of Forster's other novel, A Passage to India. The cast is first rate with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson giving the performances of their careers. In a small but pivotal role, Vanessa Redgrave creates a character that haunts the entire film and remains a tour de force of screen acting. Sit back, relax and enjoy this masterpiece.