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4.0 out of 5 stars The early days of the women's moment.
When one reads the book, on which the film is based, it is quite clear that Henry James disliked and felt threatened by the women's movement, and he sets out to let his conservative Southern hero be victorious in the battle about the body and soul of a young girl. At this time Boston marriages were becoming fairly common: Unmarried women setting up house together as an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bostonians
Not the best film directed by James Ivory, but still a delightful romantic story. Acting wise, Vanessa Redgrave is as great as ever, whereas the heroin of the story lacks a bit of presence. Not having read the book by Henry James, it is difficult to know how faithful the film was to it. However, the film, or better, its adaptation to the screen, looks a bit stretched and...
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by LisaLF


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4.0 out of 5 stars The early days of the women's moment., 12 April 2013
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When one reads the book, on which the film is based, it is quite clear that Henry James disliked and felt threatened by the women's movement, and he sets out to let his conservative Southern hero be victorious in the battle about the body and soul of a young girl. At this time Boston marriages were becoming fairly common: Unmarried women setting up house together as an alternative to marriage.
The film is quite fair in its representation of both the wealthy middle-aged spinster and the poverty-stricken young lawyer, who fight over the girl, a charming and gifted young woman. The film shows quite deftly, as Merchant/.Ivory often do, the role played by power and money in the marriage game. The spinster realises that the girl will probably have to marry someone, and makes a bargain with another wealthy lady, who har an eligible son.
In the end love wins, though, as it must with two such passionate protagonists. Happy ending? Questionable.
A llife of poverty versus a life in comfortable circumstances with a doting husband quite willing to let his wife carry on with her work in the women's movement.
A film for fans of Merchant/Ivory films and for those interested in the women's movement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just one small flaw in a great reading, 2 Mar 2013
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A grave, charming reading of this fascinating book, which is only marred by the reader's inexplicable pronunciation of the hero's name, Basil, as "Bay-Zill". Surely this isn't an American peculiarity? It becomes an ongoing irritation in an otherwise enjoyable experience. The book is unabridged, which is most important with Henry James, where the author's voice must be attended to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bostonians, 6 Sep 2011
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Not the best film directed by James Ivory, but still a delightful romantic story. Acting wise, Vanessa Redgrave is as great as ever, whereas the heroin of the story lacks a bit of presence. Not having read the book by Henry James, it is difficult to know how faithful the film was to it. However, the film, or better, its adaptation to the screen, looks a bit stretched and lacks a bit of climax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 July 2014
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Vanessa Redgrave --- need you ask
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 19 Aug 2014
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dvd wasn't formatted for the usa
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