A Room With a View


1h 57m 1986
A Room With a View

Brief Synopsis

An Englishwoman visiting Florence is torn between her straitlaced fiance and a young Bohemian.

Film Details

Also Known As
Chambre avec vue, Ett rum med utsikt, Room With A View
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1986
Distribution Company
Cinecom International Films
Location
England, United Kingdom; Florence, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Synopsis

A young woman, accompanied by her very proper chaperone, visits Florence and falls in love.

Crew

Brian Ackland-snow

Production Designer

Chris Allies

Titles

Elio Altamura

Art Director

Kevan Barker

Assistant Director

Jenny Beavan

Costume Designer

Ray Beckett

Sound

Andrew Bergen

Production Assistant

Chrissie Beveridge

Makeup

Paul Bradley

Associate Producer

John Bright

Costume Designer

Folco Cianfanelli

Main Title Design

Dino Colizzi

Other

Peter Compton

Sound Editor

Brenda Dabbs

Costume Supervisor

Jane Delandro

Production Assistant

Lanfranco Diotallevi

Production Manager

Lanfranco Diotallevi

Production Coordinator

Humphrey Dixon

Editor

Mick Flanders

On-Set Dresser

E M Forster

Source Material (From Novel)

Celestia Fox

Casting

Barrie Guard

Music

Barrie Guard

Music Arranger

Jilly Gutteridge

Location Manager

Nayeem Hafizka

Production Assistant

Graham Hazard

Camera Assistant

Victor Herbert

Song

Simon Heyworth

Music Producer

Caroline Hill

Production Coordinator

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Screenplay

Alan Killick

Sound Editor

Richard King

Sound

Tony Lenny

Sound Editor

Carlo Mantegazza

Production Assistant

Peter Marangoni

Associate Producer

Brian Masterson

Sound

Sergio Melaranci

Director Of Photography

Sergio Melaranci

Dp/Cinematographer

Ismail Merchant

Producer

Simon Moseley

Assistant Director

Daniele Nepi

Production Assistant

William Pierce

Wardrobe Supervisor

William Pierce

Costume Designer

Tony Pierce-roberts

Director Of Photography

Tony Pierce-roberts

Dp/Cinematographer

Floriano Porzionato

On-Set Dresser

John Pritchard

Music Conductor

Giacomo Puccini

Music

Gianni Quaranta

Production Designer

Richard Robbins

Music

Brian Savegar

Art Director

Paul Scacchi

Production Assistant

Francis Shaw

Music

Francis Shaw

Music Arranger

Dennis Simmonds

On-Set Dresser

Daniel Sonnis

Assistant Director

Elizabeth Swisher

Production Assistant

Kiri Te Kanawa

Song Performer

Sally Turner

Wardrobe Supervisor

Ann Wingate

Production Manager

Videos

Movie Clip

Trailer

Hosted Intro

Film Details

Also Known As
Chambre avec vue, Ett rum med utsikt, Room With A View
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1986
Distribution Company
Cinecom International Films
Location
England, United Kingdom; Florence, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Award Wins

Best Adapted Screenplay

1985

Best Art Direction

1985
Brian Ackland-Snow

Best Art Direction

1985
Gianni Quaranta

Best Costume Design

1985
Jenny Beavan

Best Supporting Actress

1985
Maggie Smith

Award Nominations

Best Cinematography

1985

Best Director

1985
James Ivory

Best Picture

1985

Best Supporting Actor

1985
Denholm Elliott

Best Supporting Actress

1985
Maggie Smith

Best Director

1985
James Ivory

Best Picture

1985

Articles

A Room With a View


In his autobiography, film producer Ismail Merchant writes that A Room with a View (1985) was "the film that catapulted us from the art house to the multiplex." The "us" he refers to are himself and his partners, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who by then had been making films together for more than 20 years. The Indian-born Merchant met American documentarian Ivory in 1961, and the two men formed a partnership, Merchant Ivory Productions, to make English-language theatrical features in India for the international market. For their first feature film, they approached German-born, India-based writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for the rights to one of her novels, and she not only agreed, she wrote the screenplay. The Householder was released in 1963.

Among certain film snobs, "Merchant Ivory" eventually became shorthand for a stodgy, highbrow costume drama, but A Room with a View, the first worldwide Merchant Ivory hit, is a vibrant comedy that is the opposite of stiff and dull. It teems with life, with passions both hidden and overt, with youthful energy and witty observations on the manners and customs of a bygone era. Based on E.M. Forster's 1908 novel, the film begins in Florence, where young upper middle-class Lucy Honeychurch is touring with her irritating chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett. Among the other English tourists staying at their pensione are freethinking socialist Mr. Emerson and his son George, who are a rung or two down the social ladder from Lucy. When George's growing interest in Lucy leads to a stolen kiss, she flees in confusion. Back in England, their paths cross again, and Lucy must face her feelings for George.

The cast for A Room with a View was a combination of polished veteran actors such as Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Judi Dench, and Simon Callow, and rising newcomers. It was only the second film for Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Lucy. She had the title role in another historical drama, Lady Jane (1986), which was released almost simultaneously with A Room with a View. She would star in another Merchant-Ivory adaptation of a Forster novel, Howard's End (1992), as well as other period dramas, including The Wings of the Dove (1997), for which she won an Oscar® nomination. Bonham Carter has joked about being a "corset sex symbol," and has gone on to a career filled with varied and quirky roles.

Julian Sands, who plays George, has also had an offbeat career, from period dramas to horror films, in Europe and the U.S. But it was Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lucy's priggish fiancé Cecil Vyse, who would become the biggest international star. Day-Lewis had been playing small parts in films and television for five years, and his breakthrough film, My Beautiful Launderette (1985), in which he played a gay punk, was released around the same time as A Room with a View. He later won two Academy Awards, and has amassed an impressive body of work.

A Room with a View cost $2.8 million to make and grossed over $60 million worldwide, breaking box office records. It played in one London theater for an entire year. The film was a hit with the critics as well. Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it "an exceptionally faithful, ebullient screen equivalent to a literary work that lesser talents would embalm....Mr. Ivory and Miss Jhabvala have somehow found a voice for the film not unlike that of Forster, who tells the story...with as much concern as astonished amusement." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "This is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings....Usually, thought and passion are on opposite sides in the movies; this time, it's entertaining to find them on the same side." A Room with a View received eight Academy Award nominations and won three, for adapted screenplay, art direction, and costumes.

A Room with a View was the first of three adaptations of E.M. Forster novels made by the Merchant Ivory team, followed by Maurice (1987) and Howards End. The latter earned a best actress Academy Award for Emma Thompson. The team continued to make films that were often both critical and popular successes until Merchant's death in 2005. Ivory's first film since then, The City of Your Final Destination, was finished in 2007, but was not released until spring, 2010.

Director: James Ivory
Producer: Ismail Merchant
Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by E.M. Forster
Cinematography: Tony Pierce-Roberts
Editor: Humphrey Dixon
Costume Design: Jenny Beavan, John Bright
Art Direction: Gianni Quaranta, Brian Ackland-Snow, Brian Savegar, Elio Altramura
Music: Richard Robbins
Cast: Maggie Smith (Charlotte Bartlett), Helena Bonham Carter (Lucy Honeychurch), Denholm Elliott (Mr. Emerson), Julian Sands (George Emerson), Daniel Day-Lewis (Cecil Vyse), Simon Callow (Rev. Beebe), Judi Dench (Miss Lavish), Rosemary Leach (Mrs. Honeychurch), Rupert Graves (Freddy Honeychurch).
C-117m. Letterboxed.

by Margarita Landazuri
A Room With A View

A Room With a View

In his autobiography, film producer Ismail Merchant writes that A Room with a View (1985) was "the film that catapulted us from the art house to the multiplex." The "us" he refers to are himself and his partners, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who by then had been making films together for more than 20 years. The Indian-born Merchant met American documentarian Ivory in 1961, and the two men formed a partnership, Merchant Ivory Productions, to make English-language theatrical features in India for the international market. For their first feature film, they approached German-born, India-based writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for the rights to one of her novels, and she not only agreed, she wrote the screenplay. The Householder was released in 1963. Among certain film snobs, "Merchant Ivory" eventually became shorthand for a stodgy, highbrow costume drama, but A Room with a View, the first worldwide Merchant Ivory hit, is a vibrant comedy that is the opposite of stiff and dull. It teems with life, with passions both hidden and overt, with youthful energy and witty observations on the manners and customs of a bygone era. Based on E.M. Forster's 1908 novel, the film begins in Florence, where young upper middle-class Lucy Honeychurch is touring with her irritating chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett. Among the other English tourists staying at their pensione are freethinking socialist Mr. Emerson and his son George, who are a rung or two down the social ladder from Lucy. When George's growing interest in Lucy leads to a stolen kiss, she flees in confusion. Back in England, their paths cross again, and Lucy must face her feelings for George. The cast for A Room with a View was a combination of polished veteran actors such as Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Judi Dench, and Simon Callow, and rising newcomers. It was only the second film for Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Lucy. She had the title role in another historical drama, Lady Jane (1986), which was released almost simultaneously with A Room with a View. She would star in another Merchant-Ivory adaptation of a Forster novel, Howard's End (1992), as well as other period dramas, including The Wings of the Dove (1997), for which she won an Oscar® nomination. Bonham Carter has joked about being a "corset sex symbol," and has gone on to a career filled with varied and quirky roles. Julian Sands, who plays George, has also had an offbeat career, from period dramas to horror films, in Europe and the U.S. But it was Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Lucy's priggish fiancĂ© Cecil Vyse, who would become the biggest international star. Day-Lewis had been playing small parts in films and television for five years, and his breakthrough film, My Beautiful Launderette (1985), in which he played a gay punk, was released around the same time as A Room with a View. He later won two Academy Awards, and has amassed an impressive body of work. A Room with a View cost $2.8 million to make and grossed over $60 million worldwide, breaking box office records. It played in one London theater for an entire year. The film was a hit with the critics as well. Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it "an exceptionally faithful, ebullient screen equivalent to a literary work that lesser talents would embalm....Mr. Ivory and Miss Jhabvala have somehow found a voice for the film not unlike that of Forster, who tells the story...with as much concern as astonished amusement." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "This is an intellectual film, but intellectual about emotions: It encourages us to think about how we feel, instead of simply acting on our feelings....Usually, thought and passion are on opposite sides in the movies; this time, it's entertaining to find them on the same side." A Room with a View received eight Academy Award nominations and won three, for adapted screenplay, art direction, and costumes. A Room with a View was the first of three adaptations of E.M. Forster novels made by the Merchant Ivory team, followed by Maurice (1987) and Howards End. The latter earned a best actress Academy Award for Emma Thompson. The team continued to make films that were often both critical and popular successes until Merchant's death in 2005. Ivory's first film since then, The City of Your Final Destination, was finished in 2007, but was not released until spring, 2010. Director: James Ivory Producer: Ismail Merchant Screenplay: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by E.M. Forster Cinematography: Tony Pierce-Roberts Editor: Humphrey Dixon Costume Design: Jenny Beavan, John Bright Art Direction: Gianni Quaranta, Brian Ackland-Snow, Brian Savegar, Elio Altramura Music: Richard Robbins Cast: Maggie Smith (Charlotte Bartlett), Helena Bonham Carter (Lucy Honeychurch), Denholm Elliott (Mr. Emerson), Julian Sands (George Emerson), Daniel Day-Lewis (Cecil Vyse), Simon Callow (Rev. Beebe), Judi Dench (Miss Lavish), Rosemary Leach (Mrs. Honeychurch), Rupert Graves (Freddy Honeychurch). C-117m. Letterboxed. by Margarita Landazuri

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

James Ivory was nominated for the Directors Guild of America's 1986 Outstanding Directorial Achievement award.

Released in United States June 23, 1990

Released in United States Spring March 7, 1986

Released in United States Spring March 7, 1986

Released in United States June 23, 1990 (Shown as part of series "The Films of Merchant Ivory" Los Angeles, June 23, 1990.)