Room With a View [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Among the extras are interviews with Simon Callow and Daniel Day-Lewis. The most interesting extra for me was a 1970 BBC tribute to E. M. Forster, featuring footage, photographs and quotations of himself and interviews with some of his friends, critics and contemporaries, including Frank Kermode, Christopher Ishwerwood and George Steiner.
Obviously, the film is not reference standard like the superb Blu-ray 'Passage to India' but that had original source material of 70mm. However, the standard is very high and the engineers should be congratulated for their achievement.
Is this film really over 20 years old? Once banned for nudity (on UK television, I remember it showing in C4's groundbreaking 'banned' movie season), it's an example of how literary adaptations should and can be done. This is a personal favourite, however a warning - those who are not fans of Miz Bonham Carter, of Forsters novel or of Merchant Ivory would be better off steering clear, you won't enjoy this film.
The subtext, what the story is about: A girl and a young man, going through puberty, find love and in so-doing become adults. They learn to be self-confident and steadfast in a society so repressed that it's a miracle anyone fell in love. It's about the change in social mores, from Victorian to Edwardian (or even modern) values, the friction between following social convention and finding freedom in individual expression. The film cleverly steers us through these themes, these clashes - whilst telling a very charming and simple love story. A woman slated to marry a complete bore meets a dashing young man on holiday. The holiday romance continues on her return home when he moves into the neighbourhood. But their happiness together looks like it will be dashed because the boy's father, feeling rejected by his Victorian peers, or by the class divide, decides to move away again.
EM Forster, or at least Merchant Ivory revisited these themes in the darker Howard's End, where class and social repression become so overbearing that this time it is the individual that is squashed, the social mores of the day that rule.Read more ›
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