A Room with a View

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1985) - Unrated (read the caution) - TOP NOTCH  
  Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott    

Summary -  When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

Cautions - One scene of violence involving a knifing in Italy. The embarrassingly worst first kiss in cinematic history.


One sequence of naked friends (men) swimming in a small pond and goofing around. If you find male nudity offensive you'll need to skip this sequence. If you find it hilarious (the scenes are supposed to be funny, and carefree... until some strolling people come across them with the remark, "Whoever were those unfortunate people?"), you'll enjoy it. True, this scene seems to come out of nowhere but it's an excellent contrast to the stuffiness the characters have endured as part of Edwardian conventions. I think it is fun and reminds me of my youth. Perhaps, you will feel the same.

Commentary - A thoroughly entertaining screen adaptation of novelist E.M. Forster's comedy of manners about the Edwardian English upper class at home and abroad, distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design. Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Director (and winner of 3 of them).

This is not your average period film. The transitions are very clever and the whole story telling style has an artistic flare without being pretentious. It is elegantly charming and very funny but not vapid. Roger Ebert called it, "intellectual about emotions." I don't think that is overstating it.


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