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  • Format: Dolby, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004YGKNEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Screenwriter Hossein Amini has abandoned the dense prose and convoluted syntax of Henry James's most complex and difficult novel and created instead a fresh, emotionally nuanced, and psychologically astute script, nominated for an Academy Award. With a remarkable cast, breathtaking cinematography (Eduardo Serra), and a soft background score filled with strings, harp, and piano (Edward Shearmur), Director Iain Softley has created a magnificent film that succeeds in being emotionally affecting, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically rewarding, a film in which every element contributes to a satisfying whole.
Remaining true to the story of James's novel, the film introduces Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) as the beautiful but impoverished niece of a wealthy socialite (Charlotte Rampling), bent upon finding her a husband of means, but Kate must first sever ties with her opium-addicted father and end her relationship with Merton Densher (Linus Roache), a penniless journalist. A friend of Kate, heiress Millie Theale (Alison Elliot), invites her to Venice, where Millie insists on living life to the fullest even as she is dying of an unnamed disease. There Kate introduces Millie to Densher, to whom she is immediately attracted. Kate desperately suggests that Densher pursue Millie, who may, upon her death, leave Densher wealthy enough to marry Kate.
Without such a brilliant cast, such a story would resemble the worst of melodramas, but Bonham Carter (nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress) creates in Kate a character so tormented by her love that one understands her deviousness to be the result of desperation.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 4 July 2003
Format: DVD
Rarely has a film of such extraordinary visual beauty reached the profound emotional depths of this magnificently acted period film from Iain Softley. Based on the novel by Henry James, cinematographer Eduardo Serra sets a table of beauty and elegance while screenwriter Houssein Amini serves up dishes of love, passion and desire, all arranged in their proper order by director Softley, creating an unforgettable dining experience.
Helena Bonham Carter is Kate, a passionate beauty in love with Martin (Linus Roache), a man without money. Charlotte Rampling is her rich aunt, who may force her to marry well, but not for love. Kate has a fire burning beneath her dark beauty, however, and when fate gives her an opportunity to show Martin how she loves, a dangerous journey down winding currents is begun, and neither she nor Martin will be prepared for what awaits them at the river's end.
Alison Elliot is simply marvelous as Millie, her finest role since "The Spitfire Grill." Millie is a charming American girl of great wealth reaching out to touch life before it passes by. She and Kate will become fast and inseparable friends, but Millie's attraction to Martin and a secret discovered by Kate will set in tenuous motion a plan to solve all their problems. When the maneuvering of lives like chess pieces involves both the human heart and someone as special as Millie, however, unforseen complications can arise.
Helena Bonham Carter may have received all the nominations as the beautiful and passionate Kate, but Alison Elliot's portrayel of the sweet and open Millie, rich but lonely, and hoping for love, deserved an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination as well. Italy is beautifully recreated from the period in a film of both depth and beauty.
This film is a true cinematic masterpiece. Fine Italian lace is gently lifted back to reveal an emotionally naked look at the human heart. It is substance with beauty and beauty with substance, and is not to be missed....
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Artful Dodger on 1 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
I have seen this film several times and enjoy it a great deal. I can't fault any of the performances and save particular praise for Linus Roache who's portrayal of Merton is sensitive and moving. This is a love story where everyone is aloof and disengaged from one another until the emotional climax between Milly and Merton when a terrible deception is revealed. The tone of the film and the characters personalities are changed forever from this point as this intense scene strips away the reality of the central characters feelings. An excellent film in the Merchant Ivory vein; emotionally rewarding rather than romantic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
There have been many successful productions of Henry James's novel, but this is surely the grandest and deepest of the screen adaptations. The novel is lengthy and complex, but director Iain Softley and writer Hossein Amini, put together a retelling that simplifies the story while managing to strike the touchstones at the heart of it.

The story tells of a young couple, Kate and Merton, who must face poverty if they marry. When it becomes apparent that a wealthy but dying friend, Milly, is in love with Merton, the pair hatch a plan to have Merton woe and marry Milly, and inherit the fortune on Milly's death, This mercenary scheme poses several obvious obstacles and dilemmas, which are raked over in detail in the novel, and depicted with well-paced moodiness and circumspection by the protagonists in this movie.

The story is told slowly and with patient use of silence to convey the love and the tension that drives the movie. It is a movie on a grand scale, with plenty of location shooting in London, Venice, and various stately homes..There is little to fault on its production. The atmosphere is a little oppressive at times, with seemingly nobody at ease in any situation. Even the bedroom scenes between Kate and Merton are so tense.that they border on being cold. The constant leaded seriousness of it is redolent of 1978's drama Interiors, though Bonham-Carter occupies the screen with characteristically meaningful moodiness that fits Henry James's work.

The lovemaking scene in which Bonham-Carter appears completely naked is strong and full of dramatic portent, but the director's baulking at male nudity in the same scene seems less than balanced. Actually, I regret that she appeared naked in this movie.
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