Film40: 1986

Film40: 1986

A Room with a View

A Room with a View is a 1985 British romance film directed by James Ivory, screenplay written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, and produced by Ismail Merchant, of E.M. Forster's novel of the same name (1908). It stars Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Dame Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis, Dame Judi Dench and Simon Callow.

In this British drama based on the novel by E.M. Forster, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter), a young Englishwoman, is touring Italy with her older cousin (Maggie Smith). At a hotel in Florence, Lucy meets the charming and free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Although intrigued by George, once she's back in England Lucy ponders settling down with the wealthy, staid Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis). When George reappears in her life, Lucy must decide between him and Cecil. (Synopsis courtesy of moviefone.com).

In the 40th British Academy Film Awards (1987, honouring the best films of 1986), A Room with a View was crowned Best Film, in a category which also saw Hannah and Her Sisters, The Mission, and Mona Lisa nominated. It also won for Actress, Actress in a Supporting Role, Production Design and Costume Design.

Maggie Smith won Best Actress and Judi Dench won Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rosemary Leach was also nominated). James Ivory was nominated for Best Direction, Simon Callow and Denholm Elliott were both nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was nominated for Best Screenplay - Adapted.

A Room with a View is number 73 on the BFI Top 100 British films of the 20th century.

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