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where angels fear to tread
on 18 July 2010
I remember reading and enjoying the novel some 30 years ago and, personally having something of a Forster renaissance, it prompted me to acquire this film - (however though you get his stories and social criticism in the films you do lose out on his wonderful language of course).
I didn't see this film when it came out (don't know why) whereas have seen all the others, so wondered if this was a dud. Quite the opposite. According to the Radio Times Guide to Films Directory the film was made by the same team that made Brideshead, which is high recommendation indeed. Directed by Charles Sturridge the cast are magnificent & almost perfect: Helen Mirren, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves, Barbara Jefford and an aptly cast Giovanni Guidelli, as beautiful and Italian as his character should be. Helena Bonham Carter plays Miss Abbott: initially appearing too young and too pretty for this classic English spinster. But this wasn't a bit of type casting and she executes her role with great passion and conviction. It is a classic Forster tale about the narrowness and brittle fragility of the English Middle Classes at the beginning of the 20th century and how destructive their power can be. A sad little tragedy, beautifully filmed. I highly recommend it.