A Room With A View

A Room With A View

DVD - 2008
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Lucy Honeychurch and her nervous chaperone embark on a grand tour of Italy. Alongside sweeping landscapes, Lucy encounters a suspect group of characters (socialist Mr. Emerson and his working-class son George, in particular) who both surprise and intrigue her. When piqued interest turns to potential romance, Lucy is whisked home to England, where her attention turns to Cecil Vyse. But now, with a well-developed appetite for adventure, will Lucy make the daring choice when it comes to love? Andrew Davies offers a new adaptation of the E.M. Forster classic.

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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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phoebewarren
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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sofi92
Oct 02, 2012

This version is good, but I like the one better with Helen Bonham-Carter. The chemistry between all the characters are better

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Janice21383
Jun 01, 2012

When you start rooting for Lucy to marry Cecil Vyse, you know a production of Room With a View is in trouble. The lovers are played as self-confident, modern types, and there is no reason why they should not fall into one another's arms immediately. I blame the screenplay, which does not show class differences but tells them (e.g. "you are a different class than him". That's Andrew Davies, earning the big bucks.) In addition, it has the most pointless change of ending I have seen in a produced screenplay. There is a lot of architecture and scenery, if you like that kind of thing.

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ElectricMayhem
Nov 10, 2011

This version was ok, but no where near as good as the original Merchant/Ivory production. The use of flashback was kind of annoying and the change to the ending was so sad and unnecessary.

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