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A British film gem nicely restored
on 20 February 2018
At last a Blu-ray release for this cinematic gem, to my mind the finest of the Merchant and Ivory collaborations skillfully adapted from E M Forster's1910 novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ,deservedly winning an Oscar for the screenplay. Ably directed by James Ivory this biting, sharp observation of the Edwardian class structure is beautifully played by a superb cast headed by Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins,their scenes together are marvelous, the proposal on the staircase for example is sublime interplay between two great actors it seems intuitive and natural (just as they did in "Remains of the day",it is the heart of the film. Mention must be made of the great look of the film,by production designer Luciana Arrighi evoking the Edwardian age and the under-pinning of Richard Robbins's superb score, An absolute classic!