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This review is from: The Golden Bowl [DVD]  (DVD)If you like movies like “The remains of the day”, “The Scarlet Letter” or “Possession”, you gonna enjoy „The Golden Bowl” by James Ivory.
It tells the story of two impoverished lovers, Charlotte (played by Uma Thurman) and Amerigo, an Italian Prince (Jeremy Northam) who are marrying a rich American art collector (Nick Nolte) and his daughter Maggie (Kate Beckinsale). But since Maggie and her father have a very close bond, the former couple get to meet each other all the time and often are left alone by their spouses. Of course, their feelings cannot be kept hidden for long. Especially Charlotte can’t bear to be separated from her great love, Amerigo. The latter is torn between his young, innocent wife and the seducing Charlotte. He’s determined to make his marriage work and therefore struggles not to hurt Maggie, until, but already late in the story, he gives in to the passion that still binds him to Charlotte.
The movie is set against beautiful back-drops with a great love for details. Costumes, furniture, jewellery – everything is splendid and brilliantly recreates the fin de siècle atmosphere.
Concerning the cast, the greatest surprise for me was Nick Nolte, whom I never saw in such a role. He really gave an extraordinary performance as the paternal Maecenas, who is far too much in love with his old paintings than to satisfy the needs of Uma Thurman’s character, a vital, passionate young woman. Jeremy Northam is a convincing, elegant Italian aristocrat and intensely portraits Amerigo’s fight between the growing love for his wife and the charms of Charlotte, the respect for his father-in-law, the tender love for his little son. Uma Thurman is not only wonderful to see, but you can also feel her deep love for the prince and the pain she endures because of the separation.