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A Room with a View

A rare chance to see this Merchant-Ivory art-house hit from the 1980s. Part of our Daniel Day-Lewis retrospective

“James Ivory’s first adaptation of EM Forester’s work  is incredibly fresh and arresting film-making: moving and amusing, swooningly romantic and socially ferocious – nothing less than a full-frontal (in every way) assault on your soul.

“Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) is on a Baedeker-led tour of Florence with punctilious cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith) when she encounters, at their pensione, free-thinking Mr Emerson (Denholm Elliott) and his dreamy son, George (Julian Sands). Through a series of bloody physical confrontations and, worse yet, sticky etiquette breaches, Lucy's desire for emotional freedom starts to bubble, coming to the boil when George kisses her in a cornfield. But Charlotte witnessed the snog, so Lucy is whisked back to Surrey, where she gets engaged to the horribly priggish Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis).

“What might have been starched and talky in other hands comes out of the wash alive with spring and spirit. The final scene, a ravishing in a room, with a view, as the bells of Florence chime out, would leave only a stone unmoved.” - The Guardian

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